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Finland takes over Chair of JRR’s Executive Board

5/09/2014

JRR welcomes the new Chair of its Executive Board, Finland, in the person of Ambassador Marjah Lehto. Ambassador Lehto has behind her nearly twenty years of diplomatic activity related to international peace and security as well as international law issues, mostly in a multilateral context (UN, EU, Council of Europe), and including negotiations on the establishment of the International Criminal Court. She has also had a few bilateral postings, most recently as Finland’s Ambassador to Luxembourg from 2009 to 2014. She has now returned to Helsinki as a special Ambassador in the Legal Service.

 

On the first week of her new appointment, Ambassador Lehto spent a very productive day at the JRR Offices in Geneva. The Secretariat very much looks forward to working with Ambassador Lehto in delivering on JRR’s mandate and fulfilling its vision of having the investigation of international crimes be as quick and professional as those of any crime in a domestic jurisdiction.

 

Executive Board members have all expressed their gratitude to their out-going Chair, Uganda, in the person of Ambassador Mirjam Blaak Sow, who greatly contributed to the growth and success of JRR. As Ambassador Blaak will continue to represent Uganda on the Executive Board, JRR will continue to benefit from her wisdom and energy.

JRR Deployment to support Commission of Inquiry on CAR

30/08/2014

A gender advisor / SGBV investigator was deployed through UN Women to support the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the Central African Republic for one month.

 

With Security Council Resolution S/RES 2127 the Secretary-General requested to rapidly establish an international commission of inquiry in order to immediately investigate reports of violations of international humanitarian law, international human rights law and abuses of human rights in CAR by all parties since 1 January 2013, to compile information, to help identify the perpetrators of such violations and abuses, point to their possible criminal responsibility and to help ensure that those responsible are held accountable.

 

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.

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

19/08/2014

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). http://wff2014korea.org/program/index.php

 

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 training@justicerapidresponse.org

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.

 

 

 

 

 

JRR deployment to a regional organisation

19/08/2014

In the first JRR deployment to a regional organisation, a total of six experts were deployed via UN Women. The team was composed of one gender adviser/sexual and gender-based violence investigator, two forensic pathologists and three investigators. They will join an ongoing investigation for a period of two 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.

JRR Deployment to support ICC Office of the Prosecutor

30/07/2014

Two investigators were deployed to the International Criminal Court’s Office of the Prosecutor (ICC OTP) to support ongoing international investigations for three 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.

JRR Deployment to support Government of Guatemala

15/07/2014

A legal advisor on SGBV Investigations was deployed through UN Women to support the Government of Guatemala for three months.The expert is assisting with the creation of investigation and prosecution guidelines, with a view to improve access to justice for conflict-related SGBV survivors connected to the internal conflict.

 

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 – consultation mission to Government of Mali

10/07/2014

JRR deployed a team of four experts, including an investigations expert, a prosecutions expert, a security expert and a legal advisor, to Bamako for two weeks to hold consultations with the Government of Mali on possible assistance to nationally-led investigations and prosecutions.

 

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.

Justice Rapid Response Welcomes Election of one of its Experts to Chair ICC OTP Scientific Advisory Board

10/07/2014

Professor Duarte Nuno Vieira, member of the Justice Rapid Response (JRR) roster, has been elected as the first Chair of the new Scientific Advisory Board established by the International Criminal Court’s Office of the Prosecutor. We congratulate Professor Vieira as well as the other Board members on their well-deserved appointments and wish them much success in this new role. Professor Vieira is a recent recipient of the 2014 Douglas Lucas Medal by the American Association of Forensic Sciences, President of the European Council of Legal Medicine and former President of the International Association of Forensic Sciences.

 

 

JRR is proud to have one of the members of its roster of rapidly deployable international criminal justice experts in such a prominent position and believe that the new Scientific Advisory Board will be very helpful in further strengthening the genuine investigation of mass atrocity crimes worldwide.

 

 

Click here to download the Call for Nomination for JRR’s up-coming Training Course on “Investigating Cases of Sexual and Gender-based Violence as International Crimes”, due to take place in Dakar, Senegal, November 1-7 2014. Nominations are currently open.

Training Course on “Investigating Cases of Sexual and Gender-based Violence as International Crimes”

9/07/2014

Justice Rapid Response, in partnership with UN Women and the Institute for International Criminal Investigations will be hosting a training course on “Investigating Cases of Sexual and Gender-based Violence as International Crimes” in Dakar, Senegal, from 1-7 November 2014. The training will be held at the kind invitation of the Minister of Justice of Senegal. The training course is made possible thanks to a generous contribution of UN Women, as well as contributions from the governments of Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Sweden, Switzerland, and from the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie. The course is also made possible thanks to institutional support granted to JRR by Canada, Denmark, Netherlands, and Finland.

 

The course aims at increasing the number of French-speaking experts, particularly from Francophone Africa, on the JRR – UN Women SGBV Justice Experts Roster.

 

To accommodate some requests from countries wishing to nominate experts for this training course, applications can be received up to Wednesday, 23 July 2014. No additional extension will be granted past this date as JRR has received already a very high number of nominations. The full application package consists of:

 

Call for Nominations Training and SGBV Justice Experts Roster :
Call for Nominations -S
Appel de Candidatures – S

 

JRR Personal History Form:
JRR Personal History Form – 2014
JRR_Personal_History_Form_F_2014

 

JRR Nomination Form:
JRR_Nomination_Form_Training Course_Senegal_2014
JRR_Formulaire_Nomination_Senegal_2014

 

JRR Supervisor Recommendation Form:
JRR_Supervisor_Recommendation_Form_Senegal_2014
JRR_Formulaire_Recommandation_Senegal_2014

 

JRR Fact Sheet:
JRR Fact Sheet English – May 2014
Justice_Rapid_Response_Fiche_Information_Mai_2014

Justice Rapid Response calls for international cooperation in the deployment of SGBV justice experts at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict

12/06/2014

London, United Kingdom — Justice Rapid Response is participating in the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict being held from 10-13 June 2014 in London, United Kingdom. The Summit, co-chaired by British Foreign Secretary William Hague and Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie, is the largest gathering ever organized on the issue. It comes at a time where political will has never been so determined to end impunity for sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). The Summit aims to mobilize the international community and create the momentum for effective action to address SGBV in conflict.

 

On 11 June 2014, speaking at a round table on improved accountability through the deployment of sexual and gender-based violence expertise, JRR Executive Director, Andras Vamos-Goldman, called on the international community to cooperate in making maximum use of expert rosters, especially globally balanced rosters of readily deployable justice experts, specifically trained in the investigation and prosecution of SGBV crimes in conflict. “Imagine if under our domestic criminal law systems, every time a case of burglary is committed, we have to start to look around to see where we could find police officers, prosecutors, determine if they had the proper training, train them if they did not, and make sure they were properly employed before that crime could be investigated, and the perpetrator brought to justice. And if we cannot find them quickly enough, we send whoever may be available – appropriate or not. Would we ever accept such a system in our countries? So why should we accept this for crimes of sexual and gender based violence in conflict, which are some of the worst crimes known to humanity? Our goal needs to be that one day, preventing and responding to these crimes will be as automatic as preventing and responding to burglaries.”

 

Since 2012, Justice Rapid Response has worked with UN Women and the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI) to train professionals and create a dedicated roster of sexual and gender-based crimes investigators who are available for rapid deployment to assist international and national investigative bodies. To date, more than 100 experts from all regions of the world have been certified to the JRR-UN Women SGBV Justice Experts Roster, within the JRR Roster. Under this partnership, SGBV justice experts have already been deployed through UN Women to assist the UN Commissions of Inquiry on Côte d’Ivoire, Libya, Syria, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Central African Republic, the International Criminal Court, the UN Fact-Finding Mission to CAR, as well as national accountability processes.

 

 

- See more at: JRR-UN Women Partnership – The SGBV Justice Experts Roster

 

The Press Release is available at: Justice Rapid Response Participates in Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict