The project "Refugees and International Criminal Law" establishes itself within the current refugee crisis in Europe. Staff members of social welfare institutions and volunteers often work with asylum seekers from conflict areas who have been victims or witnesses of violence. Certain types of violence amount to international crimes that fall within the international jurisdiction. This means, on the one hand, that asylum seekers might act as witnesses in future criminal proceedings. On the other hand, many NGO employees and volunteers are confronted with information about such crimes in informal settings, having neither the necessary understanding of international criminal law, nor the knowledge of possible usage and handling of such information.
The Nuremberg Academy seeks to provide social welfare institutions and NGOs with information on the significance of these circumstances for asylum seekers, as well as the employees and volunteers working with them. The goal is to develop a set of guidelines that refugee workers can use. To this end, the Academy will conduct a pilot project in Nuremberg that includes researching the needs of the different organizations involved and developing and testing draft guidelines. As a result, the Academy will publish guidelines for the wider German/European audience of social welfare providers and NGOs working with refugees.