Financial Dimensions of War Crimes Investigations

The course is designed to provide specialist knowledge and skills to allow participants to identify, collect and utilise financial evidence as part of a broader investigation into war crimes or human rights abuses. It will be a mixture of presentations, live demonstrations and team exercises.

The course includes:

  • An introduction to the legal framework, including elements of international crimes
  • A specific focus on those modes of legal liability most relevant to financial investigations – complicity, aiding and abetting, conspiracy, command responsibility
  • The international financial investigation landscape: International regulation & frameworks; law enforcement structures; international cooperation mechanisms
  • Financial investigation – principles & practice: preparation & planning; setting objectives & tasking; intelligence development
  • Using open source intelligence for intelligence development & investigation: researching & profiling persons of interest; company and business searching
  • Digital evidence opportunities in war crimes investigations
  • Money laundering: International money movements; correspondent banking; offshore structures
  • Operational security & risk
  • Sensitive witnesses/information sources: suspects, whistle-blowers, covert sources; human rights considerations; risk management; interviewing strategies
We had a colleague on mission from Geneva a while back, and when they found out I had completed the IICI investigators course they mentioned that it was the ‘gold standard’ of training and that more human rights officers needed to do it. Could not agree more.


Participant of the Scenes of War Crimes Course
I too feel honoured to have been part of such a valuable training event and gained a wealth of knowledge from all of your expertise in a variety of areas


Student of the Analysis skills Course
The course was definitely an extraordinary experience.


Student of the course International Investigator

The knowledge gathered and practical experience will be really valuable in my future work!


Investigative Interview Skills Course Participant