Alexa Koenig, Executive Director

Closed (1) Human Rights Digital Archive

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2017 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2017.

The Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law is currently running two research projects for undergraduates: 1) creating an unprecedented digital archive on the history of atrocities, international law, and war crimes prosecutions from the Second World War to today’s “war on terror,” and 2) a human rights investigations lab that conducts open source investigations (a review of the internet and social media) to support human rights organizations and lawyers.

PROJECT ONE:
Students in the digital archive will engage in the decision-making process around how we will be organizing the archive information and the best way to present this information to the public. Students will help sort information and testimony from a large collection of interviews gathered by Human Rights Center researchers and colleagues over the past five years. These interviews—with investigators, prosecutors, diplomats, reporters and survivors—offer an unpublished body of information on these crimes, their legal aftermath, and the evolution of their handling by the international community. The interviews comprising the archive are primary documents from a recently published book (Hiding in Plain Sight: The Pursuit of War Criminals from Nuremberg to the War on Terror by Eric Stover, Victor Peskin, and Alexa Koenig) and upcoming PBS documentary series (Dead Reckoning, produced by Jonathan Silvers).


We seek students with either social science research experience, journalism experience, foreign language experience, and/or a computer science / electrical engineering / cybersecurity background.

Project One Tasks:
• Qualitatively sorting the interview data
• Coding and organizing the interview data
• Designing the presentation of the data

Learning Outcomes:
• Training in HRC’s research, communications and decision-making process
• Engaging in real-world design challenges
• Experience with social science research applications
• A greater understanding of humanitarian law and war crime prosecution
• A greater understanding of human rights archive models


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Andrea Lampros, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Class level: 2nd, 3rd year and 4th year students preferred.

Weekly Hours: 3-6 hrs

Related website: http://hrc.berkeley.edu
Related website: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/research/human-rights-center/publications/books/hiding-plain-sight/

Open (2) Human Rights Investigations Lab

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Please do NOT contact faculty before September 11th (the start of the 4th week of classes)! Enter your application on the web beginning August 16th. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, August 29th at 8 AM.

The Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law is currently operating a human rights investigations lab that conducts open source investigations and research (a review of the internet and social media) to support human rights organizations and lawyers.

OVERVIEW: Human rights investigations increasingly rely on open source intelligence (OSINT)—social media and other publicly accessible, internet-based sources, including social media and online video and image-sharing services—to identify, document, and verify atrocities. UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center is launching the world’s first university-based open source investigations and research lab, a partnership with Amnesty International, the University of Pretoria, the University of Essex and the University of Toronto, with plans to expand to other universities worldwide in 2017-2018. The lab will bring attention to human rights abuses as well as gather evidence for real-world cases of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.

Students will receive training from world-class researchers and open source intelligence experts and conduct supervised research into suspected human rights violations with an eye toward impact and accountability. They will work on legal investigations related to cases that address violations of international law and/or projects related to the work of various human rights NGOs, including the Digital Verification Corps project with Amnesty International, which bring atrocities to public light through reports, blogs, or breaking news stories. They will be expected to undergo open source investigations training and spend five hours or more per week in a supervised lab setting at Berkeley Law. They will be trained and given ongoing support and supervision as they learn open source investigation techniques. They will also be given support and guidance in regard to exposure to traumatic photographs and video. They will collaborate on projects with graduate students in law, journalism, public health, and other disciplines.

Our weekly meeting (required for all participants) will be at Boalt Hall on Fridays from 10:00 am to 11:50 am.


We seek students from all majors, including (but not limited to) students with social science research experience, journalism experience, foreign language experience, and/or a computer science / electrical engineering / cybersecurity background.

Tasks:
• Conducting discovery for open source investigations (by combing the internet, social media, etc.)
• Authenticating and verifying photos and videos (we will teach you how to do this)
• Drafting reports that summarize your research findings
• Attending our training sessions and weekly meeting (the latter on Fridays from 10 am to 11:50 am)

Learning Outcomes:
• Training in HRC’s research, communications and decision-making process
• Training in real-world legal and human rights digital investigations
• A greater understanding of humanitarian law and war crime prosecution
• A greater understanding of human rights research and reporting models


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Andrea Lampros, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Class level: 2nd, 3rd year and 4th year students preferred.

Weekly Hours: 6-9 hrs

Related website: https://www.law.berkeley.edu/research/human-rights-center/programs/technology/human-rights-investigations-lab-internships/
Related website: hrc.berkeley.edu