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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 41 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.



JRR-UN Women partnership and SGBV Justice Experts Roster

Justice Rapid Response – Annual Report 2013 


Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister announces support to JRR as part of measures to counter ISIL’s brutal acts of sexual violence

October 6, 2014 – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced in the House of Commons today that Canada will undertake renewed action, in coordination with our allies and partners, to respond to the heinous acts of sexual violence and other human rights abuses being committed by ISIL, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, against women and children.


“ISIL, a self-proclaimed terrorist caliphate, poses a major threat not only to the region, but also to us here in Canada,” said Baird. “Canada will not stand by as ISIL commits unspeakable atrocities and crimes against humanity, including the kidnapping, torture and rape of women and children. The systematic use of sexual violence as a weapon of war demands an effective and timely response, which is why we are announcing today a number of additional measures that Canada will take to support the innocent victims of ISIL’s brutality and depravity.”


The measures announced today include:

  • A contribution of up to $5 million to Justice Rapid Response and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to help respond to and investigate sexual violence and other serious human rights abuses.
  • A $5-million contribution for the prevention of and response to sexual violence and related abuses, including increased access to services and treatment for Syrian and Iraqi refugees and displaced persons who have been victims of violence in ISIL-affected areas.
  • Participation in a joint Canada-U.K. assessment mission in Iraq to identify initiatives that will help assist victims of ISIL’s crimes.
  • Canada will support the deployment of a specialized expert on sexual violence to the Human Rights Council’s Fact-Finding Mission on Iraq.


Canada will also continue to provide leadership on the issue of sexual violence as a weapon of war by ensuring that the plight of victims and survivors of ISIL’s sexual violence, including crimes against religious minorities, remains at the top of the global agenda.


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