Podcast: Using OSI in Human Rights Litigation

4 April 2022

In this episode, based on a recording of an online event from March 2, 2022, EHRAC Legal Director Jess Gavron talks to a panel of experts about the use of open source investigations (OSI) in human rights litigation. One week on from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the discussion focusses on how Ukrainian and international civil society can harness OSI as a tool for current and future litigation efforts, outlining tools and best practice to use and challenges and risks to look out for.

Resources/tools mentioned

Witness: Video as Evidence Field Guide 

CILRAP: Means of Proof

Berkeley Protocol on Digital Open Source Investigations (in particular annexe III: digital landscape assessment template)

European Union Agency for Criminal Justice Cooperation: Prosecuting war crimes of outrage upon personal dignity based on evidence from open sources – Legal framework and recent developments in the Member States of the European Union

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma

Poland/ Belarus Border: A Protection Crisis (Amnesty International)

Articles mentioned

Finding the Signal in the Noise: International Criminal Evidence and Procedure in the Digital Age, Lindsay Freeman, Raquel Vazquez Llorente, Journal of International Criminal Justice, Volume 19, Issue 1, March 2021, Pages 163–188

Power and Privilege: Investigating Sexual Violence with Digital Open Source Information, Alexa Koenig, Ulic Egan, Journal of International Criminal Justice, Volume 19, Issue 1, March 2021, Pages 55–84

Open Source Information’s Blind Spot: Human and Machine Bias in International Criminal Investigations, Yvonne McDermott, Alexa Koenig, Daragh Murray Journal of International Criminal Justice, Volume 19, Issue 1, March 2021, Pages 85–105

Additional Resources, Tools and Training