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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 


Official Opening – International Criminal Investigations Training Course -15 September 2014 – Washington, D.C.

The 26th Justice Rapid Response (JRR) training course on international criminal investigations was officially opened on 15 September 2014. The training is being held at the United States Department of State in Washington, D.C. until 19 September 2014. The course is taking place in collaboration with JRR’s long-standing exclusive training partner, the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI), at the invitation and with the support of the State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice.   


The training course was officially opened by the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues and Head of the State Department’s Office of Global Criminal Justice, H.E. Stephen Rapp, a long-time supporter of the work of JRR in the pursuit of accountability for mass atrocities through swift, impartial and well conducted investigations. Participants were welcomed by Andras Vamos-Goldman, JRR’s Executive Director, and Gabriel Oosthuizen, IICI Programme Director.    


The course is a collaborative project between JRR, the Department of State and IICI. It provides an opportunity to showcase the potential JRR has for increasing the effectiveness of addressing mass atrocities through genuine investigations. It also ensures that the JRR roster increases the pool of experts who can be made available to participate in investigations into international crimes. This training course in Washington, D.C. is the first of its kind to be held in North America. Previous training courses have been held throughout the world, including in Germany, Belgium, Argentina, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Qatar, Colombia, South Africa and Botswana. Upon successful completion of the training, participants may apply to be certified on the JRR roster. If certified, they will thereafter be available for rapid deployment upon request by States, as well as the United Nations, regional organizations, and other international institutions with the jurisdiction to carry out investigations. To date, there have already been forty successful rapid deployment missions, for example to the UN Commissions of Inquiry for Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, Syria, North Korea and the Central African Republic. There have also been missions to support the International Criminal Court (ICC), MONUSCO Prosecution Support Cells in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as national investigations in Mali, Colombia and Guatemala.


Further information about JRR, the Department of State and the Institute for International Criminal Investigations may be found on the following websites:

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