Justice Rapid Response

Canada, through START, is the Chair of Justice Rapid Response, a multilateral facility of active duty criminal justice and related professionals. These experts can be deployed rapidly at the request of the international community to investigate, analyze and report on situations where human rights and international criminal law violations have been reported.

Justice Rapid Response currently draws its experts from 56 states from all regions of the world and some 20 organizations. Since becoming operational in October 2009, Justice Rapid Response has, to date, successfully completed six deployments and has led the training of 107 experts (with more than half coming from the Global South and 40 percent of which are women) in international investigations. To meet the needs of modern international investigations the Justice Rapid Response roster contains an increasingly broad list of expertise such as criminal and human rights investigators, forensics specialists, police and military analysts, and experts on sexual violence.

Justice Rapid Response assists Canada in making justice an integral and constructive part of conflict resolution and post-conflict peace building by:

  • Nominating and training criminal justice and related active-duty professionals, nominated for international investigation and deployment.

  • Quickly deploying justice experts to identify, collect, and preserve information about crimes under international law and human rights violations and provide the appropriate analysis.

  • Carrying out human rights and international criminal law investigations, fact finding commissions, commissions of inquiry, mediation support, as well as a variety of assessment missions such as security system reform assessment.

  • Reporting back to the requesting authority including the UN Security Council, Departments of Political Affairs and Peace Keeping Operations, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Criminal Court, and regional organizations and states with jurisdiction.

  • Recommending the most appropriate accountability mechanism(s) for the circumstances as well as helping to tailor longer-term rule of law capacity building.