Human Rights Investigations Lab

HRC hiring open source investigations specialist!

December 4, 2023
Join our team as an Open Source Investigations Specialist!

Join the Human Rights Center as an Open Source Investigations Specialist! You'll help shape and oversee the research and investigations conducted at our student Investigations Lab, and provide professional-...

Human Rights Investigations Lab


Building on longstanding work in the field, the Human Rights Center launched a Technology and Human Rights Program in 2015 to strengthen the use of emerging technologies in human rights investigations and prosecutions. We have since created the first university-based Human Rights Investigations Lab of its kind to conduct open source investigations for international organizations, news outlets, and courts. The lab collaborates with Amnesty International’s...

Investigations Lab application open to Berkeley students

August 17, 2023
Students in front of a computerInvestigations Lab application open to Berkeley students!

The application for fall 2023 is open! We are accepting applications for both graduate and undergraduate students until Monday, August 28. If you are an undergraduate student, please submit the...

AP cites Alexa Koenig on the use of OSINT in newsroom investigations

May 8, 2022

Detailed ‘open source’ news investigations are catching on, by the Associated Press, features HRC's Alexa Koenig and cited some of the important reporting collaborations between HRC's Investigations Lab and the Associated Press, notably in Myanmar. This AP story was republished in...

Human Rights Investigations Lab accepting applications for 2023

January 10, 2023
Call for Applications! The Human Rights Investigations Lab is accepting applications for the spring 2023 semester from January 10-January 22. If you are an undergraduate, please apply through the Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) application here...


For more than 23 years, the Human Rights Center has been engaged in cutting-edge human rights investigations worldwide. Faculty Director Eric Stover organized exhumations of mass graves in Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and elsewhere. At the request of the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Stover conducted a mass grave survey in Rwanda—the first of its kind—that later linked several accused to genocide. This evidence helped convict scores of accused, including Radovan Karadzic, Saddam Hussein, and Jean-Paul Akayesu.

In recent years, the Human...

Freeman op-ed on prosecuting Russian cyber attacks as war crimes

July 19, 2022
HRC's Tech, Law, and Policy Director Lindsay Freeman authored the op-ed "Russian Cyberattacks Need an International Criminal Court Response" in the Center for European Policy Analysis. "We should not wait for a catastrophic cyber event with severe human casualties before we act," Freeman wrote. "War crimes prosecutors should innovate and push for legal evolution to address the new character of war."...