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The International State Crime Initiative

A cross-disciplinary research centre that works to further international understanding and awareness of state crime and human rights violations.

  • School/Institute/Department: School of Law, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Subjects: Human Rights, State Crime, Law, Non-Governmental Organisations
  • Audience: Victims of State Crime, Non-Governmental Organisations, General Public

The International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) is a cross-disciplinary research centre incorporating backgrounds in law, criminology, and the social sciences. The network serves to further international understanding of organisational deviance resulting in human rights violations, including crimes committed, instigated, or condoned by state agencies or non-state entities that control territory.

The group conduct and raise awareness of their research and the real global issues behind this through a wide range of public facing activities in order to focus attention on issues they uncover and put pressure on the perpetrators of state crime.

These involve utilising a broad spectrum of dissemination channels, including writing public articles and reports, working with press outlets, holding public talks and organising longer programmes of awareness building. This includes guest editing openDemocracy, and organising a ‘Rohingya Awareness Week’ in late 2015 to raise awareness of the Burmese government’s genocidal practices against the minority Rohingya population.

This is matched with a collaborative approach to research, working with Non-Governmental Organisations in affected countries to collect and share information. These collaborations provide the ISCI with information and connections that are then used to identify, inform and conduct research topics.

In return these organisations receive research and dissemination channels from the ISCI network of scholars, supporting and reinforcing their work. As NGO’s and other organisations working to uncover and prevent state crime are often isolated, this connection to a global network also acts to make them feel part of a wider effort.

The ISCI work to involve victims of state crime as closely with their research as possible, bringing their experience to the Initiative’s work and providing an outlet for them. The group have hosted research internships in which young people are able to conduct small research projects related to state crime in their country, putting together stories based on interviews with friends and family that are victims of the research topics themselves.

You can find out more information about the Initiative’s work and events on their website, Penny Green, a Director of ISCI has also recorded a video for the Centre for Public Engagement.

The International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) was awarded the ‘Inform Award’ at the Engagement and Enterprise Awards 2015 in recognition of their work raising international media awareness of the Burmese government’s genocidal practices against the minority Rohingya population. You can view their application summary poster here.

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