Open Source Investigations Training
The Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law offers training courses and workshops on digital open source investigations to professionals across disciplines. 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, which serve as materials for the course. Our general training focuses on investigations into violations of international criminal, humanitarian, and human rights law. It involves a combination of theory and practice taught through lecture, case studies, and hands on exercises.
IICI/Berkeley HRC Course
In partnership with the Institute of International Criminal Investigations (IICI), Berkeley HRC offers a flagship 28-hour 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. Scholarships are available for those with financial need.
We are offering a five day in-person foundational OSINT course the week of March 13, 2023 in The Hague. Participants will learn the key techniques, skills and tools needed to conduct digital open source investigations which meet the guidelines of the Berkeley Protocol — the first set of international standards for digital investigations. No experience is necessary, but prior experience as an investigator, analyst, journalist, or lawyer is preferred. Please fill out the online application at the IICI website.
Private Berkeley HRC Training
We also provide ad hoc training courses for organizations on request. If you are interested, please reach out for more information.
Congressional Oversight Investigations
In partnership with the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), we offer a 3-day open source investigation bootcamp, which teaches open source investigation techniques in the context of congressional investigations.