What are our Toolkits



The CMN International Criminal Justice Toolkits (CMN-ICJ Toolkits) combine databases, publications and services, customised to different stages of criminal proceedings, by country, by key cross-cutting issues (such as crimes, liabilities or tribunals) as well as by free-standing databases or publications.


The Databases of the CMN-ICJ Toolkits use open-source software to provide technology-driven solutions to the real and day-to-day challenges of ensuring criminal accountability and reducing impunity for those who perpetrate core international crimes. They are informed by years of experience in post-conflict justice institutions as well as international criminal courts and tribunals. Each tool is accompanied by a user manual.


The Publications of the CMN-ICJ Toolkits provide information, knowledge, skills and analysis on each of the Project themes. They address general, global as well as country-specific issues. They will be published by the Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher (‘TOAEP’).


The Services of the CMN-ICJ Toolkits include training, technical assistance and capacity development partnerships on the use and methodologies of the tools and on the substantive and work processes that underpin them.

By organising the Toolkits according to the stage of proceedings, and by tailoring our tools to the specific requirements of our national and international users, we are able to provide systematic support for actors who are working to provide criminal justice for core international crimes and serious human rights violations at each stage of the accountability process.

In our experience, national judicial systems, public and independent institutions as well as NGO’s face a number of legal as well as political, social and economic challenges when implementing accountability measures for violations.

Every stage of criminal adjudication for core international crimes and serious human rights violations involves a web of laws and high volumes of factual and legal materials. These involve: ensuring that adequate laws exist, reconciling national and international obligations; conducting fact-finding and investigations which reflect the legal requirements of core international crimes under their national legal systems; mapping the breadth of incidents and violations as well as prioritising or selecting cases for criminal prosecution and building strong cases pursuant to national legal frameworks.