Course

Open Source Investigation – Advanced


The Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law and the Institute of International Criminal Investigations in The Hague have partnered to offer two comprehensive open source investigation courses focused on the investigation of violations of international criminal, humanitarian, and human rights law. Course participants are trained on the methodology of the Berkeley Protocol on Digital Open Source Investigations, the first professional standards and guidelines for digital investigations, consistent with the practices of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court.  Both courses highlight the importance of ethics, resiliency, security, and legal compliance.

The “Advanced Open Source Investigation Course” is aimed at investigators and analysts with more open source investigation experience. It offers more technical and specialized sessions (described below).

In this course, you will learn:

  • How to set up and use a virtual machine
  • How to effectively search the dark web
  • How to search and monitor corporate databases
  • How to conduct geospatial analysis
  • How to do network and link analysis
  • How to scrape and analyze large dataset
  • How to track persons of interest
  • How to track flights and analyze flight data
  • How to track vessels and analyze shipping data
  • How to trace assets and supply chains
  • How to handle digital evidence in accordance with legal standards and the Berkeley Protocol
  • How to present evidence using multimedia platforms
  • How to use open source information to ethically and effectively support sexual and gender based violence investigations

Prerequisites: In order to take this advanced course, participants must have either taken the Foundational HRC/IICI Open Source Investigation Course (or a comparable course) or have prior experience conducting open source investigations and demonstrable skills to the level of the Foundational course.

The course was definitely an extraordinary experience.

Student of the course International Investigator

The best thing being by far the team building experience: work with people I had never seen before and that came from different background, put together our expertise and experiences in a constructive way. Each of us brought something to our team and I believe we all learn about the importance of listening to one another and question our ideas. It was like building a picture to which each one of us contributed with an essential detail.

International Investigator 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.

Participant of the Scenes of War Crimes Course

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

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

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