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Professional Trainings

The Human Rights Center offers training courses and workshops on digital open source investigations to human rights researchers, lawyers, analysts, investigators, and journalists worldwide. Our trainers teach the methodology and techniques found in the Berkeley Protocol on Digital Open Source Investigations and Digital Witness: Using Open Source Information for Human Rights Investigation, Documentation and Accountability. Our foundational training focuses on investigations into violations of international criminal, humanitarian, and human rights law. We use our first-hand experience conducting and supporting open source investigations in combination with research developed at HRC to engage participants through lecture, case studies, and hands-on exercises.

Right: Technology, Law & Policy researcher Ceren Fitoz (middle) speaks with the Head of the International Center for Transitional Justice’s Libya program Reem el-Gantri (right), and participants from Yemen’s National Commission to Investigate Alleged Violations of Human Rights in Amman, Jordan.

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“Without a doubt, applying these skills within our operational context, set in a “war” environment, will yield considerable benefits… it yields essential information that might remain beyond the scope of conventional investigative methods.”

 

—Course participant from Yemen’s National Commission to Investigate Alleged Violations of Human Rights

Training Team

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Brian Nguyen

Research Manager, Lead Trainer

Human Rights Center

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Alexa Koenig

Co-Faculty Director; Director, Investigations Program

Human Rights Center

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Lindsay Freeman

Director, Technology, Law & Policy Program

Human Rights Center

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Danil Cuffe

Digital Investigator, Technology, Law & Policy Program

Human Rights Center

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Ceren Fitoz

Digital Investigator, Technology, Law & Policy

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Maggie Andresen

Editorial Manager, Lead Writer

Human Rights Center

Partners

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Courses

In partnership with the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI), the Human Rights Center offers a flagship 5-day digital open source investigation course for professionals across a variety of fields including, but not limited to, international human rights and criminal analysts and investigators, law enforcement, lawyers, and investigative journalists. Case studies and exercises focus on the investigation of violations of international criminal, humanitarian and human rights law. We also offer an advanced course for more experienced practitioners. Scholarships are available for those with financial need. Check this page and the IICI course page for details on upcoming trainings (please note that we only partner with IICI on the Foundational and Advanced courses on Open Source Investigations, and are not affiliated with their other coursework).

Beyond our flagship courses, HRC provides ad hoc training courses for civil society, governmental, and other organizations on request. Our trainings are provided pro bono to local human rights organizations that are making meaningful impact in their communities.

Some of the groups we’ve trained include:

  • The 5AM Coalition
  • The Associated Press
  • The Center for Justice and Accountability
  • The Conflict Observatory

  • The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights
  • The European Human Rights Advocacy Centre 
  • The International Criminal Court
  • The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)

  • The Open Society Justice Initiative
  • The Project on Government Oversight for U.S. Congressional Staff
  • The UN-Philippines Joint Programme for Human Rights
  • Yemen’s National Commission to Investigate Alleged Violations of Human Rights

News

Brian Nguyen (middle), a Human Rights Center research manager and lead trainer for the Yemen delegation, provides input during one of the workshops. Photo credit: Maggie Andresen

August 28, 2023

Berkeley Law Center Helps Train Yemen Investigators Pursuing Justice for Wartime Atrocities

HRC in the News — Berkeley Law: Berkeley Law Center Helps Train Yemen Investigators Pursuing Justice for Wartime Atrocities, a feature on HRC’s professional training program. Left:

Russian troops may have committed mass killings of civilians after their invasion in Bucha, near the Ukrainian capital, In Bucha. Photo by Raphael Lafargue for AP/Sipa.

February 21, 2023

In Ukraine, Berkeley experts are shaping the legal fight against war crimes

HRC in the News — Berkeley News: In Ukraine, Berkeley experts are shaping the legal fight against war crimes, feature on the Berkeley Protocol’s application in Ukraine.