IBA Annual Conference Miami 2022

30 Oct - 4 Nov 2022

Room 234, Level 2

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Strengthening the preservation of online evidence of atrocities
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Human Rights Law Committee (Lead)


HumanRightsThe International Bar Association (IBA), UC Berkeley Human Rights Center (Berkeley HRC), and Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security (Oxford IPS) are working collaboratively to address the need for greater preservation of and
access to social media evidence to strengthen legal accountability for human rights violations and atrocity crimes. Social media platforms have become the unintended archives of information with historical and evidentiary value, even though
social media companies do not necessarily have the incentives or infrastructure to properly and indefinitely identify and preserve this content. Indeed, the rate at which potentially relevant and probative content is removed is rapidly increasing as political and
public pressure to remove harmful content builds. In this session, project participants will report on their research into potential mechanisms for strengthening the use of such digital content in accountability processes, and the most recent activities that are underway to strengthen this work. Building on the participants' ongoing efforts to improve investigations and documentation of atrocity crimes, this session will open a conversation with session participants to:

  • clarify the relevance and probative value of user-generated content to international legal proceedings;
  • clarify the requirements for and purposes of sharing relevant user-generated content with international and regional legal authorities; and
  • explore potential next steps for advancing the use of online content in international accountability processes.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Alexa Koenig Human Rights Center UC Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA; Co-Chair, Human Rights Law Committee


Federica D'Alessandra Oxford Institute for Ethics Law and Armed Conflict, Oxford, England; Member, War Crimes Committee Advisory Board
Chris Harris Mitre, Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Sun Kim United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
Raquel Vazquez Llorente WITNESS, New York, New York, USA