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WHAT – Justice Rapid Response (JRR) is an intergovernmental facility that manages the rapid deployment of criminal justice professionals from a stand-by roster. These experts, coming from every region of the world, are specifically trained in the investigation of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and serious human rights violations.


WHY – JRR was created through an intergovernmental forum to provide the international community with a facility to more effectively deliver international criminal justice and respond to serious human rights violations, making it more likely that “seeing justice done” becomes a component of post-conflict peacebuilding.


JRR experts, coming from every part of the world, build national capacity, as well as internationally deployable capacity. In this way, they assist in the delivery of the complementarity principle under the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court.


HOW – Experts from the JRR roster can assist in response to requests made by States, or international institutions with the jurisdiction, to carry out investigations, inquiries, fact-finding, mediation support and other activities where the identification, analysis, collection, preservation and reporting of information pertaining to genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity or serious human rights violations is needed.


Operational since October 2009, JRR has already assisted in response to 43 requests for deployments of experts.

WHO – JRR currently has 73 participating States, and has an Executive Board consisting of Argentina, Canada, Colombia, the Netherlands, Sierra Leone, Sweden, Uganda, Switzerland (Vice-Chair), and Finland (Chair).


JRR manages an ‘evergreen’ roster of over 450, mainly active-duty professionals comprising a broad range of expertise including crime scene investigation, legal analysis, a variety of forensic specialties, witness protection, military analysis, human rights investigations etc. In addition to their expertise, these professionals receive training in carrying out investigations under international law in post-conflict environments before being certified to the JRR roster.


Experts on the JRR roster currently come from 87 countries representing every region of the world. The JRR roster currently has over 450 deployable experts, including from 15 countries in Asia, 17 countries in Africa, 11 countries in South and Central Americas and the Caribbean, and 12 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Just over 50% of experts on the roster are women.


JRR is further responsible, in partnership with UN Women, for the management of a specialized holistic roster of experts in investigating crimes of sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in conflict situations. The experts on JRR-UN Women SGBV Justice Experts Roster, within the JRR roster, undergo specialized training developed with and carried out by JRR’s training partner organization, the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI).



WHERE - The JRR Secretariat is based in Geneva, Switzerland. The Secretariat also maintains a liaison office in New York, USA.

Justice Rapid Response Fact Sheet ENGLISH February 2015

Justice Rapid Response Fact Sheet FRANCAIS Février 2015

JRR-UN Women partnership and SGBV Justice Experts Roster

Justice Rapid Response – Annual Report 2013 


Call for Nominations for JRR Training Course for Forensic Experts on “International Criminal Investigations” in Adana Turkey.

Adana, Turkey, 27 April – 1 May 2015

Justice Rapid Response (JRR) will be holding a training course for forensic experts on international criminal investigations. The course is held in partnership with the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI), at the kind invitation of the University of Cukurova. The course will be four and a half days in length and will be held from 27 April to 1 May 2015 in Adana, Turkey, on the occasion of the Symposium of the Eurasian Academy of Forensic Medicine and Sciences (EAFMS). The course is made possible thanks to the contributions of the governments of Canada and Denmark, as well as in-kind contributions from University of Cukurova.


The goal of this training course is to increase the pool of experts that can be deployed rapidly to participate in investigations into core international crimes in general, and into conflict-related sexual and gender-based crimes more specifically. This international criminal investigations course is tailored for experienced forensic professionals, mainly from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the Central Asia regions, with a view to help prepare these professionals for investigations involving multi-disciplinary, diverse investigative teams that can be deployed rapidly and report within a short period of time.


Successful course participants will become eligible for certification to the JRR roster, in order to be available to assist States, as well as the United Nations and other international institutions with the jurisdiction to carry out investigations into such crimes.


We encourage nominations from forensic professionals with expertise as specified in section II the Call for Nominations below and/or experience in dealing with SGBV, and who are willing and could be made available for mainly short-term international deployments at short notice.


Deadline for nominations is 2 March 2015.


Nomination package – Please download the Call for Nominations Forensic Training 2015-S and the application forms below.  An application will be complete and considered for selection only after JRR has received the following completed documents:

1) JRR Personal History Form – Forensic Training 2015 completed by the expert (submitted in two formats:  1. electronic/Excel; and 2. hand-signed and scanned);

2) JRR Nomination Form – Forensic SGBV 2015 completed and hand-signed by the employer (this can be submitted by the applicant or directly by the nominating entity);

3) JRR Supervisor Recommendation Form – Forensic SGBV 2015 Supervisor Recommendation Form completed, signed and sent to JRR directly by the supervisor of the expert.


Additional information about JRR:

Justice_Rapid_Response_Fact_Sheet_ENGLISH_February 2015

Deployment FAQs – Feb 2015