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Registration now open for Launch of Guide for Judges and Fact-Finders, 24 May 2024



Registration is now open for the launch of Evaluating Digital Open Source Imagery: A Guide for Judges and Fact-Finders, which will take place at the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, Crown Office Row, Temple, London EC4Y 7HL on Friday 24 May 2024 from 15.30-17.00.


Speakers include:

· Lord Justice Birss, Judge of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and Deputy Head of Civil Justice.

· Her Excellency Judge Joanna Korner, Judge of the International Criminal Court.

· Dr Daragh Murray, Queen Mary University of London and Professor Yvonne McDermott Rees, Swansea University, co-authors of the Guide.


This Guide is intended to assist judges and other decision makers in their assessment of open source photographs and videos, by explaining some of the most common open source investigative techniques. It is organised around several key issues that a court or fact-finding body may need to address in their own evaluation of open source imagery evidence, including determining the authenticity of the digital image, and analysing relevant metadata, source, location, and time information.


It was co-authored by experts from: WITNESS; Open Society Justice Initiative; Swansea University; Queen Mary University of London; Mnemonic; Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley; Human Rights Centre, University of Essex; Hertie School, and the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford. It will be available on the TRUE project website in five languages (English, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Ukrainian) from 20 May 2024.


Translation and production was funded by Swansea University’s ESRC Impact Acceleration Account and the TRUE project at Swansea University, funded by UKRI Frontier Research Grant EP/X016021/1. The work was also kindly supported by the Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences (IHSS) at Queen Mary University of London; the Centre for Funda­mental Rights at the Hertie School, Berlin, and the Digital Verification Unit at the University of Essex.






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