Pursuing and Prosecuting International Crime: Unpicking cross-cultural issues in eliciting information

Project Details


Given the current geo-political context of war, terrorism, human trafficking and
organized crime, the pursuit of justice increasingly relies on productive
interactions between individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. Building
rapport and facilitating trust in cross-cultural contexts constitutes a critical
component of effective investigative interviewing. To date, policy for the conduct of such interviews has not kept pace with research. This unique collaboration
between practitioners at the International Criminal Court and multi-disciplinary
colleagues with expertise in cross-cultural communication, investigative
interviewing and international relations will identify, via: (i) systematic evaluation of a corpus of ICC interviews with victims and witnesses, and; (ii) structured focus groups, specific shortcomings inherent in current interviewing approaches and assess how these can be addressed in light of research evidence. Our key
objective is to produce an evidence-based policy resource for cross-cultural
interviewing for UK and international investigative practitioners.
Effective start/end date1/03/1728/02/18


  • British Academy: £43,655.00