Nov 2, 2013
9:00am - 5:00pm    |    NYU School of Law, 40 Washington Square South, Greenberg Lounge

NEW: Final agenda and conference speakers now available.

Please note that registration for this conference is now closed. However, we have set aside a few seats for late registrants who might particularly benefit from and contribute to this conference and will accept requests to attend on a case by case basis until October 15th. If you are still interested in attending, please send your name, affiliation, and a brief email explaining your ties to fact-finding and human rights work to Audrey Watne.

If you have received confirmation of your registration and can no longer attend the conference, please notify us as soon as possible so we can offer your spot to another applicant.

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (New York University School of Law) will host a major conference on International Human Rights Fact-Finding in the Twenty-First Century, in New York on November 1-2, 2013. The conference is part of a major initiative by the Center to further research, scholarship, and debate on the role of fact-finding in the human rights field. This conference will bring together leading practitioners and scholars to facilitate a critical and constructive discussion about the key challenges and opportunities in international fact-finding, a subject that is fundamental to human rights, but has thus far received far too little scholarly attention or critical analysis.

Conference panels

Conference panels will address a range of key topics, including:

  • Human rights fact-finding: politics and imperialism
  • Victims and witnesses in human rights fact-finding: empowerment or extraction?
  • Fact-finding for advocacy, enforcement, and litigation: purposes and cross purposes
  • Understanding and improving fact-finding through interdisciplinary expertise and methodologies
  • Fact-finding case studies: cross-cutting themes
  • Fact-finding with crowd sourcing, social media, and big data
  • Does human rights fact-finding need international guidelines?

The materials resulting from the conference will be widely disseminated and a volume of essays based on papers presented, to be edited by Philip Alston and Sarah Knuckey, will be published shortly after the conference.

For more details see CHRGJ Fact-Finding Conference Panels Agenda with Speakers and Papers.

Confirmed speakers

Philip Alston (NYU), Jay Aronson (Carnegie Mellon University), Shreya Atrey (University of Oxford), Patrick Ball (Human Rights Data Analysis Group), M. Cherif Bassiouni (DePaul University; Istituto Superiore Internazionale di Scienze Criminali), Daniel Bonilla (Universidad de los Andes), Théo Boutruche (REDRESS), Adam Brown (Sarah Lawrence College; NYU), Claude Bruderlein (Harvard University), Allison Corkery (Center for Economic and Social Rights), Luc Côté (MINUSTAH); Valentina Falco (MONUSCO), Erin Gallagher (Physicians for Human Rights), Pablo de Greiff (ICTJ; UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence), Rob Grace (Harvard University), Sam Gregory (WITNESS), Thomas Hammarberg (EU Special Representative to Georgia), Catherine Harwood (Leiden University), Dov Jacobs (Leiden University), Michelle Jarvis (ICTY), Sarah Knuckey (NYU), Molly Land (University of Connecticut School of Law & Human Rights Institute), Joanne Mariner (Amnesty International), Laura Marschner (University of Zürich), Frédéric Mégret (McGill University), Patrick Meier (Qatar Foundation Computing Research Institute), Jens Meierhenrich (London School of Economics and Political Science), Max de Mesa (Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates), Rosette Muzigo-Morrison (ICTR), Fionnuala Ní Aoláin (University of Minnesota; University of Ulster), Obiora Okafor (Osgoode Hall Law School), Diane Orentlicher (American University), Fredy Peccerelli (Guatemalan Forensic Anthropology Foundation), Taylor Pendergrass (NYCLU), Michael Posner (NYU), Steve Ratner (University of Michigan), Bob Reid (ICTY), Brian Root (Human Rights Watch), Ken Roth (Human Rights Watch), Daniel Rothenberg (ASU); Margaret Satterthwaite (NYU), Dustin N. Sharp (University of San Diego), Justin Simeone (Georgetown University; Princeton University), Carsten Stahn (Leiden University), Larissa van den Herik (Leiden University), Alex Vitale (Brooklyn College), Alex Whiting (International Criminal Court), Susan Wolfinbarger (AAAS).

Read more about the speakers here.

Registration and Papers

The conference is open to all academics, students, practitioners, and the general public, but space is limited. To register to attend, please email Audrey Watne at  Please include your name, email address, and affiliation. Please note that priority will be given to academics, students, and practitioners working in areas related to human-rights fact-finding. Participants will receive individual confirmation of successful registration.

Paper proposals are no longer being accepted.

For more details see Conference Announcement.


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