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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.

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JRR-UN Women partnership and SGBV Justice Experts Roster

Justice Rapid Response – Annual Report 2013 

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Official Opening – Justice Rapid Response Workshop 12 October 2014– Seoul, Korea

 

 

The Justice Rapid Response (JRR) workshop for forensic experts was officially opened in Seoul on 12th October 2014. The workshop was held from 12 – 14 October 2014 in Seoul at the kind invitation of the International Association of Forensic Sciences (IAFS), as well as the Asia-Pacific Medico-Legal Association (APMLA), on the margins of the 2014 World Forensic Festival.

 

The JRR workshop was officially opened by Dr. Heesun Chung, IAFS President,and Dr. Nak-Eun Chung, Chair of APMLA. Participants were welcomed by Andras Vamos-Goldman, Executive Director of Justice Rapid Response and John Ralston, Executive Director of the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI).

 

The course is a collaborative project between JRR and IICI with the goal of increasing the pool of forensic experts that can be rapidly deployed to lead and participate in investigations into international crimes, particularly from the Asia-Pacific region. Previous training courses have been held all over the world, including in Germany, Argentina, Indonesia, 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, the International Criminal Court, regional organizations, and other international institutions with the jurisdiction to carry out such investigations. To date, there have already been forty-two successful rapid deployments of experts to, for example, the UN Commissions of Inquiry for Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire, Libya, Syria, North Korea and the Central African Republic. There have also been deployments to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the MONUSCO Prosecution Support Cells in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, as well as national investigations in Mali, Colombia and Guatemala.

 

The JRR Executive Director, Mr. Andras Vamos-Goldman, also held a presentation on rapidly providing forensic expertise in response to man-made mass disasters  during the World Forensic Festival.

 

Further information about JRR, the World Forensic Festival and the Institute for International Criminal Investigations may be found on the following websites:

JRR – www.justicerapidresponse.org; WFF – http://wff2014korea.org/; IICI – www.iici.info.

 

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