Forensic Project

Forensic Project

Forensic Project

By enabling the identification of remains, forensic analysis of DNA can be an important tool for establishing evidence of mass atrocities. Such identifications can also help establish a historical record and provide answers to survivors whose loved ones disappeared during the conflict. Additionally, forensic DNA analysis can help reunite families, especially in situations where children were separated from their parents at a young age. The Forensic Project aims to improve the use of forensic DNA analysis both to hold perpetrators accountable and to help families separated...

Genetic Tracing, Disappeared Children and Justice

Phuong Pham
Michele Harvey-Blankenship
Rachel Shigekane

The last several decades have witnessed a dramatic change in the methods of warfare. Civilians are now increasingly targets of violence, not just mere victims of collateral damage. Among civilians targeted, children and youth are subject to acts of violence, including enforced disappearances and enforced conscription. Children have been forcibly disappeared and forcibly conscripted in many countries including Argentina, El Salvador and northern Uganda. This paper focuses on the use or potential use of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) or genetic testing to identify disappeared children (...

Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Using Scientific Evidence to Advance Prosecutions at the International Criminal Court

Eric Stover
Alexa Koenig
Peggy O'Donnell
Camille Crittenden

This report presents the major points of discussion from our workshop convened in consultation with the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC on 23-24 October 2012 in The Hague. Workshop participants discussed how the ICC could improve its use of scientific evidence, and the potential for future coordination and collaboration between the ICC and NGOs, the UN, and forensic and scientific institutions.