IMAGE: Innovative Methods for Applied Geospatial Evidence

With support from the Oak Foundation, the Program is working to strengthen the scientific foundation of human rights-based geospatial analysis through advanced research projects, aimed at enhancing the toolkits available to practitioners; and to advance the use of geospatial technologies in international human rights and criminal litigation through partnership and collaboration with international courts and commissions, as well as through and several related research and documentation activities. 

About the Project

Opportunities for exploration of new methods do not often occur in the course of human rights partnerships, which tend to rely on proven methodologies to produce actionable evidence. Time is needed to examine new technologies and to develop methodologies that are applicable to human rights research, separate from collaborative projects. This project allows the Program to take on new projects, without partners, to develop methods without the risk of experimental techniques negatively impacting a partner. Through these projects, the Program is developing new and innovative methods for using geospatial technologies for human rights documentation and monitoring.

Additionally, under the auspices of this project, the Program is continuing its work in the area of promoting the use of satellite imagery analysis as evidence in international litigation. Through collaboration with the Office of the Prosecutor, the Program provides training to staff of the International Criminal Court, in order to increase their familiarity with geospatial technologies. 

Jonathan Drake (SRHRL) with Eya David Macauley (Office of the Prosecutor) at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands | Theresa Harris