Human Rights Institute Talk: The Role of Technology in the Evolution of International Criminal Investigations

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 @ 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 546
Oct 03
Thursday, October 3rd, 2019 @ 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Jerome Greene Hall, Room 546

Speaker: Ulic Egan, Program Manager, Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI); Ph.D. Candidate and Swansea University Research Excellence Scholar, Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law; and Practitioner-in-Residence, Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute

Advances in technology have had a transformational effect on the way we record conflicts. Technology provides investigative challenges but also significant opportunities for the international investigation of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. This seminar will explore the role of technology in international criminal investigations, specifically the use of open source intelligence, user-generated content, and demonstrative modeling. It will examine the potential of such use to transform international criminal investigations and democratize access to justice, and discuss some legal, security, ethical, and bias concerns.

Ulic Egan is a human rights lawyer and PhD student and Swansea University Research Scholar (SURES) at the Hillary Rodham-Clinton School of Law. He is also the Program Manager for the Institute for International Criminal Investigations (IICI). Egan is undertaking a socio-legal intersectional analysis of the role of technology in the evolution of international criminal investigations and will be working on related research during his time as a practitioner in residence with the Human Rights Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Law degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway and an LL.M. in International Criminal Law from the Irish Centre for Human Rights.