Following their instrumental involvement in the collaboration between the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to revise the Minnesota Protocol, researchers at ICLA have observed and in some cases been involved with a number of activities aimed at giving the document broader currency.  Meanwhile, a number of regional and other courts around the world are already using the document as a reference point for the international standards concerning investigations into potentially unlawful deaths.


  • A federal court in Mexico uses the Minnesota Protocol as a reference point in finding that there is no independent public prosecution service in Mexico, and that the investigation into the enforced disappearance of 43 students in September 2014 has been deeply flawed. (See Amnesty International news article, here, 5 June 2018)
  • The International Commission of Jurists held its first regional workshop on the investigation of potentially unlawful deaths and enforced disappearances in Asia, co-hosted with authorities from Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal. (See ICJ press release, here, 1 June 2018)
  • The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights published the Spanish translation of the Minnesota Protocol. (Full text available here, April 2018)


  • The Ministry of Justice of Thailand (in collaboration with the International Commission of Jurists and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights) hold a launch of an unofficial Thai translation of the Minnesota Protocol in Bangkok. ICLA’s Stuart Maslen attended and made a presentation. (See ICJ press release, here, 26 May 2017)