The Institute for International Criminal Investigations is leading a consultative project to develop a survivor-centric global code of conduct for the documentation and investigation of conflict-or atrocity-related sexual violence (CARSV). It is also known as “the Murad Code” for Nadia Murad.

On 19 March 2021, PJI provided specialist recommendations to IICI in their preparation of a working paper to set out the general landscape of capacity-building for justice actors working on conflict and atrocity related sexual violence. This working paper will lay the foundation for capacity building recommendations which emerge from the drafting and publication of the Murad Code. PJI previously provided written feedback on the Murad Code in 2020 and contributed to in-depth consultations in the conceptualisation phase of the drafting.  The Murad Code is intended to be a Code of Conduct for documenters of atrocities, to ensure a victim-centered and “do no harm” approach.

The English version of the background paper to the draft Murad Code and the draft Murad Code (annex A) itself are available here.  Please visit the Murad Code project website at for the Arabic, Swahili, Spanish and French versions of the background paper including the draft Murad Code.

Both Kathy Roberts and Max Marcus serve as core faculty at the Institute for International Criminal Investigations.