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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 39 requests for deployments of experts.

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


JRR manages an ‘evergreen’ roster of over 400, 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 400 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 The Hague, in the Netherlands and in New York, USA.



JRR-UN Women partnership and SGBV Justice Experts Roster

Justice Rapid Response – Annual Report 2013 


Call for Nomination for JRR Certification Workshop on the margins of the 2014 World Forensic Festival in Seoul, Korea.

JRR_Supervisor_Recommendation_Form_Seoul_2014Registrations for this course are now open – deadline extended to September 1, 2014


Justice Rapid Response (JRR)  will be holding a Certification Workshop on how best to use the expertise of forensic professionals within teams investigating mass atrocity crimes. At the kind invitation of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS) and the World Forensic Festival, the JRR Workshop will be held from 12 – 14 October 2014 in Seoul, South Korea, in conjunction with the 20th World Meeting of the International Association of Forensic Sciences, the 6th Asian Forensic Sciences Network Annual Meeting & Symposium and 5th Meeting of Asia Pacific Medico-Legal Association under the name of World Forensic Festival (WFF 2014).


The goal of this workshop is to increase the pool of forensic experts that can be rapidly available to the international community, through the JRR roster. JRR regularly assists States, the United Nations system, as well as other international institutions such as the International criminal Court (ICC) that have the jurisdiction to carry out investigations into such crimes. The workshop will be conducted in cooperation with JRR’s training partner, the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI). Please note that attendance at all sessions of the workshop is a requirement to be considered for certification to the JRR roster.


All experts who are attending IAFS 2014 Meeting and the World Forensic Festival, especially professionals with expertise specified in the Call for Nomination below, and who are willing and could be made available for short-term international deployment at short notice are invited to submit their nomination. Please find below relevant information on JRR, the workshop, and the selection process.


The workshop is made possible thanks to a very generous contribution of the government of Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada and the Greenbaum Foundation, as well as the in-kind contribution of the IAFS.
IMPORTANT: potential applicants, please download the Call_for_Nominations_JRR Workshop_IAFS 2014 to read about the course modalities.


Additional information about JRR:

Justice_Rapid_Response_Fact_Sheet_ENGLISH_July 2014

Deployment FAQs – April 2014



Nomination package – Please download the 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 – 2014  completed by the expert (submitted in two formats:  1. electronic/Excel; and, 2. hand-signed and scanned);

2)     JRR_Nomination_Form_Training Course_Seoul_2014  completed and hand-signed by the employer; this can be submitted by the applicant or directly by the nominating entity;

3)       completed, signed and sent to JRR directly by the supervisor of the expert.


Selection criteria – There are 25 positions available. Course participants will be chosen from among the nominations submitted on the basis of the expertise identified for this course and the qualifications and experience of the nominees.


Nominations and all application materials should be sent by email to

Please use the following subject line:  “IAFS 2014 Workshop Application – [Name of applicant]”

Deadline for all application materials: 

Monday, September 1, 2014

JRR  will regretfully not be able to consider applications received after this date.