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Wednesday, June 12 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
International Protocol for Open Source Investigations

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In recent years, war crimes investigators and human rights defenders have come to increasingly rely on social media and other open source information to build cases for prosecution, advocate for international action in the face of human rights violations and combat mis/disinformation. The growing volume of publicly available information on the internet provides, in many situations, a first-hand point of view of what is happening on the ground in armed conflicts around the world. Such content could support the findings of commissions of inquiry or serve as powerful evidence in legal proceedings. However, in order to be admissible and given proper weight in court, investigators must be able to show that the information was collected and preserved in line with accepted international standards and demonstrate the integrity and veracity of the information based on a set methodology. When the International Criminal Court issued the first arrest warrant based primarily on open source videos in August 2017, no such standards or methodologies existed. That is why in late 2017, the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center launched an important initiative to develop an international protocol on open source investigations. In this strategic roundtable, drafters and collaborators on this protocol will speak about the process and goals of this project, as well as the needs it addresses for investigators working in a number of different contexts.  

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Lindsay Freeman

Senior Legal Researcher / Project Manager, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley
Lindsay Freeman is an international criminal and human rights lawyer based in The Hague, Netherlands. As a researcher for the Human Rights Center, she leads the drafting of the International Protocol on Open Source Investigations. Her research focuses on the use of technology and... Read More →

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Raquel Vazquez Llorente

Senior Legal Advisor, eyeWitness
Raquel Vázquez Llorente is a Senior Legal Advisor at eyeWitness, where she helps bridge the gap between human rights defenders on the frontlines and investigators or prosecutors by providing guidance on the application of technology to investigations. eyeWitness has developed award-winning... Read More →
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Yasmine Chubin

International Legal Consultant
Yasmine Chubin is an international legal consultant with over ten years of international criminal law, transitional justice, and rule of law experience. She currently serves as the Sexual and Gender Based Violence investigations expert with the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre... Read More →
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Stephen Rapp

Distinguished Fellow, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
Stephen J. Rapp is a Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Prevention of Genocide. He also serves as Chair of the Commission for International Justice & Accountability (CIJA) that has collected and analyzed more than 750,000 pages of documentation from... Read More →

Wednesday June 12, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm BST
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