Oct 22, 2013
12:30pm - 1:30pm    |    The Puck Building , The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl., 295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604

International Fact-Finding Commissions: Dimensions of Design and Implementation

with Isabelle Lassée, CHRGJ Visting Doctoral Researcher

Commissions of inquiry are mandated by the UN to inquire into grave human rights and humanitarian law violations committed in the context armed conflicts or serious internal disturbances. The evolution of  international law – together with the changing nature of recent conflicts – renders the need for commissions of inquiry all the more for a number of reasons. On the one hand, the development of the doctrine of the Responsibility to Protect augments the need for early and detailed information about the nature of violations being committed, in order to facilitate decision-making by UN bodies and other stakeholders. On the other hand, the recent upsurge of internal disturbances coupled with severe state repression – sometimes escalating into civil wars – also justifies the mandating of formal fact-finding missions. This is because recent conflicts are characterized by restricted access of international observers to the conflict zone. This results in a dire lack of objective and accurate information which is often aggravated by sustained and elaborate propaganda on both sides to a conflict. In order to adapt to these ever-increasing needs and challenges, a new approach to the design and implementation of the mandates of international fact-finding missions may be required.

The Conflict, Security, and Development Series is co-presented by the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU Law School, the Center for Global Affairs at NYU’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies, NYU’s Global Institute for Public Health, and the Office of International Programs at NYU Wagner.

Each Tuesday, this series will examine new research, discuss creative policy approaches and highlight recent analytical and practical innovations in responding to the challenges of security and development in the context of conflict and post-conflict situations.

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