Course

International Investigation Team Leader Course


While national law enforcement bodies have their own training courses to prepare individuals for the significant leap to the team leader level, very little training is available for those asked to lead investigations into human rights or international humanitarian law violations on the international level. Yet good investigation team leadership is crucial to good investigations.

The course is aimed at both human rights investigators and international law enforcement, both those currently at the team leader level and those for whom a leadership role is the next step. Recognising that skills and experience levels will vary, it will introduce or reinforce basic concepts and techniques of leadership and team management, as well as operational decision-making, within an international investigation environment. The primary methodology, as with all IICI courses, is a mixture of formal instruction, reinforced with realistic exercises. Crucially, the course allows participants to meet and interact with others facing the same challenges.

Examples of modules:

  • Leadership concepts
  • Communication skills & investigation team management
  • Investigation planning
  • Mission planning
  • Creating productive relationships with legal advisers
  • Crisis management
  • Conflict management
  • Stress management
  • Ethics
  • Decision-making

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

Analysis Skills Course Participant

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.

Documentation of Scenes of War Crimes and Human Rights Violations Participant

You, both the participants and our tutors, are uniquely talented and experienced individuals from whom I learned a lot during my one week with you. Am looking forwards to another opportunity to work with you in an effort to enhance respect and accountability for human rights and end impunity on SGBV crimes.

Justice Rapid Response (JRR)-UN Women certification training course for experts on Investigating sexual and gender-based violence as international crimes, Bangkok

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

The course was definitely an extraordinary experience. I really appreciate putting things to practice with all the group exercises. It is essential to be part of a multi-disciplinary team and learn how to work with others. It is what I enjoyed most.

International Investigator Course Participant

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