TRIAL International was founded in Geneva in 2002 by a group of lawyers and victims intent on fighting impunity for international crimes. Geneva is home to the organization’s head office, comprising General Management, Central Administration, the Communications and Fundraising departments, and the majority of its legal advisers.
The European human rights capital is a strategic location for TRIAL, since it submits a considerable number of its complaints and reports to United Nations bodies based Geneva.
TRIAL also files a significant proportion of its cases relating to universal jurisdiction or corporate responsibility before Swiss courts. Although dealt with at cantonal or national level, these cases relate to events occurring in third countries.