In its ambition to develop a pioneering and comprehensive human rights framework for engagement with mass graves, MaGPIE has three overarching objectives:


  1. To produce a global quantitative and qualitative assessment of the scale of the phenomena that are mass graves;
  2. To remedy associated blindspots within the existing human rights framework; and
  3. To create policies that innovate, consolidate and implement a coherent human rights approach to mass grave engagement.


MAGPIE addresses three pressing issues, structured into the following three Pillars:

In blue: The scale and nature of mass graves worldwide is presently unknown, Pillar 1 will therefore identify and map mass graves across the globe; capture the legal protections afforded by all affected States; examine the quality of forensic investigations of mass graves and analyse the extent to which justice efforts have been realised.

In orange then are our human rights gaps. Here Pillar 2 addresses a number of specific areas where insufficient consideration has been given to the fundamental human rights issues and challenges arising as a result of the existence of mass graves.

Thirdly, Pillar 3 concerns the indispensable translation of knowledge into policy and practice. The MaGPIE team are world-experts on this subject and are ideally placed to further expand our collaborative policy expertise to mass graves that arise as a result of migration – both on land and via the sea. Finally, MaGPIE will revisit and update the international standard-setting Bournemouth Protocol to reflect new findings and the most up-to-date practice.