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

11/02/2015

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

 

JRR deployment to Bahrain via UNDP

5/02/2015

At the request of UNDP Bahrain, a forensic pathologist from the JRR roster was deployed to the Bahrain Public Prosecution Office to provide technical support on prosecution of torture cases and other abuses of human rights.

 

Please note that the nature of the work carried out by experts on the JRR Roster when deployed to assist States and organizations requires the information on this website on deployments to be of a general nature.

JRR deployment to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC)

14/01/2015

At the request of Office of the Co-Investigating Judges of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), three criminal investigators have been deployed to the ECCC, for one year, to support the investigative team on ongoing cases.

 

Please note that the nature of the work carried out by experts on the JRR Roster when deployed to assist States and organizations requires the information on this website on deployments to be of a general nature.

Official Opening – Training Course on “Investigating Cases of Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) as International Crimes”

15/12/2014

 

Held in collaboration with UN Women, The Hague, Netherlands – 15 December 2014

 

The fifth training course on “Investigating Cases of Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) as International Crimes” was officially opened in The Hague, Netherlands, on 15 December 2014.

 

The training course was officially opened by H.E. Marja Lehto, Chair of JRR’s Executive Board; Judge Theodor Meron, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY); Ms. Anne-Marie Esper Larsen, UN Women Country Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Ms. Kate Mackintosh, Deputy Registrar at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Participants were welcomed by Ms. Carole Frampton-de Tscharner, Director of Operations of Justice Rapid Response (JRR) and Mr. Gabriel Oosthuizen, Programme Director of the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI). H.E. James Lambert, Ambassador of Canada to the Netherlands; Ms. Erica Lucero, Second Secretary at the Embassy of Argentina to the Netherlands; Ms. Sandra Karlsson, Desk Office for Multilateral Affairs at the Embassy of Sweden to the Netherlands and Ms. Elke Koning, Policy Officer at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, were also in attendance.  

 

The training is being held from 15 – 19 December 2014 at the IICI in The Hague, at the kind invitation of ICTY, thanks to the contributions of ICTY and UN Women, as well as in-kind contributions from IICI and JRR. The course is a collaborative project between JRR, UN Women, and IICI, with the goal of increasing the pool of experts that can be rapidly deployed to lead and participate in investigations into conflict-related gender-based crimes. The week-long intensive training is led by some of the best trainers in the field. The experts that undergo the training are identified through a rigorous selection process. 27 highly qualified experts, including 18 ICTY staff and 9 external candidates invited by JRR and UN Women from all regions of the world, are participating in the training course in The Hague.

 

This SGBV training course is the fifth of its kind. Previous training courses have been held all over the world, including in The Hague, Netherlands (September 2012); Pretoria South Africa (January 2013); Doha, Qatar (September 2013); and most recently Bogota, Colombia (January 2014). Over 100 experts have been certified to the JRR-UN Women SGBV Justice Experts roster within the JRR Roster. Several of these experts have already been deployed as gender advisors and SGBV investigators to assist the UN Commissions of Inquiry on Côte d’Ivoire, Libya, Syria, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Central African Republic, as well as to the AU Commission of Inquiry for South Sudan, to the International Criminal Court, and to support national investigations in Colombia and Guatemala.  

 

Further information about JRR, UN Women, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the Institute for International Criminal Investigations may be found on the following websites:

 

JRR – www.justicerapidresponse.org; UN Women – www.unwomen.org; ICTY – www.icty.org; IICI – www.iici.info.

Justice Rapid Response congratulates H.E. Mr. Sidiki Kaba, for his election as President of the Assembly of State Parties.

8/12/2014

 

 

Geneva, 8 December 2014

 

 

Today, H.E. Mr. Sidiki Kaba, Minister of Justice of Senegal, was elected by the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the position of President of the ASP of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the next triennium. Justice Rapid Response (JRR) congratulates Minister Kaba on his election and looks forward to working with him and the ASP and contributing through its activities to the four priorities set by the incoming President of the Assembly, in particular in relation to complementarity.

 

 

JRR would also like to express its appreciation to H.E. Ambassador Tiina Intelmann for her work and commitment in the past three years in her capacity as President of the ASP.

JRR deployment to the OHCHR Fact-Finding Mission in Iraq

2/12/2014

At the request of UN Women, a sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) investigator/Gender Advisor was deployed to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Fact-Finding Mission in Iraq mandated by the Human Rights Council.

 

Please note that the nature of the work carried out by experts on the JRR Roster when deployed to assist States and organizations requires the information on this website on deployments to be of a general nature.

JRR deployment to the Commission of Inquiry for Eritrea at the request of UN Women

17/11/2014

At the request of UN Women, a Gender Specialist/sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) investigator was deployed to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to support the Commission of Inquiry for Eritrea for a period of 8 months.

 

Please note that the nature of the work carried out by experts on the JRR Roster when deployed to assist States and organizations requires the information on this website on deployments to be of a general nature.

 

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

29/10/2014

 

 

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.

 

Press Release

JRR deployment to the ICC for the Mali situation at the request of UN Women

22/10/2014

At the request of UN Women, a sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) investigator was deployed to assist the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (OTP) in its investigations into the Mali situation.

 

Please note that the nature of the work carried out by experts on the JRR Roster when deployed to assist States and organizations requires the information on this website on deployments to be of a general nature.

JRR deployment to the Commission of Inquiry for the Occupied Palestinian Territory at the request of UN Women

22/10/2014

At the request of UN Women, a sexual and gender-based violence investigations expert was deployed to OHCHR to join the Independent, International Commission of Inquiry for the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.

 
Please note that the nature of the work carried out by experts on the JRR Roster when deployed to assist States and organizations requires the information on this website on deployments to be of a general nature.