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STAFF CHANGES

The Board of Directors, Council of Advisors and colleagues of the IICI extend their gratitude to John Hunter Ralston, who stepped down as Executive Director on September 1, 2016. His steady and imaginative leadership guided the Institute to its current position as the world’s premier training organization for the investigation of serious violations of international humanitarian law. Our warmest best wishes go with him. We also take this opportunity to say farewell and thank you to two other staff members who have contributed greatly to the development of IICI in recent years, Head of Office Niamh Hayes and Project Officer Ulic Egan. We wish them both every success in the future.

Director Ralston is succeeded as Executive Director by Philip Trewhitt. A British national, Philip has over 17 years’ experience of conducting and leading investigations including into violations of international humanitarian law and human rights, as well fraud and corruption within international organisations.

From 2003-2004, he was the UK government focal point on transitional justice in Baghdad; he then headed the Baghdad team conducting investigations into breaches of Iraqi sanctions under the United Nations Oil-for-Food Programme. Following a number of positions in the United Nations, he was appointed in 2011 to lead the investigation team for the UN Commission of Inquiry into breaches of international humanitarian law and human rights by all parties to the Libya conflict. Immediately prior to joining IICI, Philip was a fraud and corruption investigator with the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg.

He holds an undergraduate degree in Law and an MA in War Studies from King's College, London. He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2004 and is a recipient of the Office of the US Secretary of Defense Public Service Award.

We welcome Director Trewhitt to the IICI and look forward to a new and exciting phase in the life of the Institute.

4-COUNTRY TRAINING AND MENTORING PROJECT: DOCUMENTATION OF CONFLICT-RELATED SEXUAL AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

IICI, REDRESS and IICI are partnering on a 4-country training and mentoring project.  Aimed mainly at enhancing the capacity of civil society to document conflict-related SGBV, the project will focus on Burma, Sri Lanka, Iraq and Uganda.  IICI is the overall coordinator of the project, which will run until March 2018.  The project will use the supported by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the government of the United Kingdom.


2015 and 2016 PROJECTS TO IMPLEMENT FCO-DEVELOPED INTERNATIONAL PROTOCOL ON THE DOCUMENTATION AND INVESTIGATION OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN CONFLICT (IP)

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office of the government of the United Kingdom has commissioned IICI to assist with the implementation of the IP. Under these projects, IICI has developed public training materials (primarily drafted by Niamh Hayes) based on the IP (these are available at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/international-protocol-on-the-documentation-and-investigation-of-sexual-violence-in-conflict-training-materials ), and organised four SGBV-investigation trainings: (1) In Goma, for civil-society investigators in the eastern DRC. REDRESS was IICI's implementation partner for that training. (2) In Sarajevo, for civil-society investigators in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Medica Zenica was IICI's implementation partner. (3) In The Hague, a training for trainers of SGBV investigators; participants were drawn from across the globe. (4) In Pristina, for civil-society investigators in Kosovo. KRCT was IICI's implementation partner for the March 2016 training course.


GUIDELINES FOR INVESTIGATING CONFLICT-RELATED SEXUAL AND GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE AGAINST MEN AND BOYS

The Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI), with the assistance of external experts, has developed guidelines for investigating conflict-related sexual and gender-based violence against men and boys to assist criminal-justice and human-rights investigators, reporters and monitors ("investigators") around the globe to fully and properly monitor, document and investigate ("investigate") sexual and gender-based violence ("SGBV") against men and boys that may amount to war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide and other egregious violations of international humanitarian, criminal and human-rights law ("egregious violations"). It is hoped that such investigations will contribute to efforts to properly acknowledge and report, better understand and prevent, and ensure accountability and redress for conflict-related SGBV ("CRSGBV") against men and boys. download the guidelines here
The guidelines have been developed for both criminal-justice and human-rights professionals, ranging from international criminal investigators and prosecutors to national police officers, UN human-rights officers and members and local human-rights reporters. Existing accountability-focused egregious-violation investigation frameworks, guidance, training resources and the like do not address CRSGBV against men and boys comprehensively and in detail. That is unsurprising, seeing that the world's recognition of the pervasiveness, scale, forms and seriousness of CRSGBV against men and boys, though growing, remains sensitive and controversial. The varied nature and impacts, and the prevalence of such violations, are not yet widely studied and understood. The guidelines are designed to complement existing relevant investigation frameworks and practices, including those that currently focus on CRSGBV against women and girls or children. Egregious-violation investigation agencies and organisations, and individual investigators whose investigations frameworks and practices may not fully integrate and be attentive to CRSGBV against men and boys, can consider, modify and use these guidelines as they see fit. It is recommended that guidance concerning awareness of and sensitivity to CRSGBV against men and boys be systematically integrated in all facets and stages of egregious-violation investigations – and in associated institutional, strategic, policy, procedural and legal frameworks. Unless this is done, such SGBV, just like CRSGBV against women, girls and others, may not be spotted and properly investigated, documented and addressed. With that recommendation, IICI does not in any way suggest any reduction in the attention given to CRSGBV against women and girls. On the contrary, it calls for increased attention on the diverse ways in which CRSGBV targets and impacts women, men, girls, boys and other sexual and gender identities. It also demands analyses of the different ways in which gender norms and gender identities underpin CRSGBV against all those categories of people. The guidelines have been developed with financial support from the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative of the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

TRANSFER OF ICLS EXPERTISE TO IICI

Some of the expertise of the now dissolved NGO International Criminal Law Services (ICLS) (www.iclsfoundation.org) has been transferred to IICI. Former ICLS experts, including some members of the ICLS Board of Directors, are now associated with IICI. ICLS’ expertise on providing technical assistance, capacity-building and other advisory and assistance services to prosecutors, judiciaries, governments, inter-governmental organizations, international organizations and others in the area of international criminal justice now resides in IICI. ICLS’ publications, and related intellectual property rights, also now belong to IICI. See the publications page on the ICLS website for the public online versions of these publications.