The Art of Facts

A LEGAL BLOG about Fact-finding and Armed ConflicTS

The Use of Architectural Techniques in Fact-Finding during Armed Conflict: A Time Machine?

It seems these days one can find fact-finding references pretty much everywhere in the news. I admit this statement may just be due to me suffering from job conditioning. But take for example the report published this week by Airwars, a project led by independent journalists “tracking and archiving the international air war against Islamic […]

IHL Norms on Precautions: To be handled with care!

With the CoI on the 2014 Gaza Conflict all over the news today, and the important part of its report dedicated to applying the IHL norms on precautions to facts, I thought some of you may be interested by an Expert Opinion I wrote, earlier this year, on the Meaning and Scope of Feasible Precautions […]

Report of the CoI on the 2014 Gaza Conflict: The challenging job of IHL fact-finding

I will not pretend to have read the full report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict published today, let alone to have conducted a thorough comparison with the findings of the UN Board of Inquiry or with Israel’s own analysis of its conduct during the conflict (but note that these […]

The use of information and communications technologies in fact-finding: A survey by the SR on SumEx

With the highly anticipated report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Gaza Conflict to be discussed at the Human Rights Council (HRC) on 29 June, and to be published most certainly next week, one may except a renewed debate over fact-finding methodologies. Of particular interest, the question in the background of the comments […]

SITREP on Fact-Finding: From Gaza to Harvard

Faced with too many fact-finding related news to deal with, I decided to introduce a new section to this blog: the SITREP. It’s not out of laziness but rather to flag some important developments in this field. Each of those would deserve a thorough analysis, but I will keep that for another time. The latest […]

Applying a Standard of Proof in Fact-Finding: The Challenge of Consistency

There is something slightly frustrating with managing a blog on a rapidly evolving topic: this format enables being reactive to comment on new issues as they arise, but it also requires a strict discipline and some free time (except of course if this is your full-time job and that you can make a living out […]

The quest for quality in fact-finding

Just a very short post to bring your attention to a book you may have already seen as it was published at the end of 2013 but did not have time to read yet. Quality Control in Fact-Finding edited by Morten Bergsmo and which is available in open access here (a feature always important to […]

A New Commission of Inquiry for the OPT: “the More Things Stay the Same, the More They Change”?

While I could have posted something on the new commissions created by the UN on CAR and Eritrea, I felt compelled to share a couple of brief comments about the new international commission of inquiry on the OPT established yesterday by the Human Rights Council, maybe mostly to reflect on a strange apparent sensation of […]

From Gaza to Donetsk: The law matters as much as the facts in the fog of human suffering and claims of tragic errors

It has been more than 8 months since my last post… One could blame the laziness following the excitement of the first posts. To be honest, it was more due to some juggling between too many assignments at the same time! Now, the reason behind this need for a new post is far more tragic […]

Remote Sensing Technology: The Ultimate Fact-Finding Tool in Armed Conflict?

I should start with a disclaimer; I am neither a geek nor an expert. Not even remotely one. And I have to quickly come to my senses each time I think I have improved my IT skills. That I was able to create this blog doesn’t change a thing! So I address today’s topic with […]

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