Morten Bergsmo (CILRAP) and Eduardo Toledo (International Nuremberg Principles Academy)

Quality Control in Preliminary Examinations


The International Nuremberg Principles Academy, in co-operation with the Centre for International Law Research and Policy (CILRAP) and other partners, co-organized an international expert seminar ‘Quality Control in Preliminary Examination’ in the Peace Palace in The Hague on 13-14 June 2017.

The focus of the event was on specific measures to enhance quality control and professionalism during pre-investigations (or preliminary examinations), whether in international or national criminal jurisdictions. The emphasis was placed on pre-investigation of core international crimes (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and aggression), but much of the discussion is also relevant to other forms of crimes.

More than 30 experts from around the world – academics and practitioners from a number of jurisdictions, including China, India and African countries – addressed the limits and constraints of preliminary examinations, their normative frameworks, participation in preliminary examinations, particular case studies, and particular themes such as gender and children.

This seminar was a follow-up project to an earlier "Quality Control in Fact-Finding Project’" and there will be a subsequent conference in 2018 on ‘Quality Control in Criminal Investigations’. These activities are closely related to the Academy’s mandate to contribute to strengthened capacity to respond to core international crimes at the national level.

Please find the detailed programme here.


Morten Bergsmo (CILRAP) and Eduardo Toledo (International Nuremberg Principles Academy)
Emeric Rogier, ICC
John Dugard (Leiden University) and Matilde Gawronski (ICC Office of the Prosecutor)
Carsten Stahn (Leiden University) and Rachel Kerr (King’s College London)
(c) International Court of Justice