The Art of Facts

A LEGAL BLOG about Fact-finding and Armed ConflicTS

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 […]

Getting the facts AND the law right

I am aware that after a few months any new blog runs the risk of repetitions. But I am also convinced that many issues I have alluded to since I started my new life as an “intermittent blogger” deserve further exploration. So I decided to write few more lines on the complex interaction between the […]

The power of inferences in Syria: HRW “reading between the lines” and “connecting the dots”

As expected the UN Report on chemical weapons in Syria suggests much more than its actual findings on the use of such weapons. The Human Rights Watch’s analysis of the UN Report technical annexes is quite telling. According to HRW the detailed evidence as a whole points at the responsibility of the Syrian governmental armed […]

UN Report on chemical weapons in Syria: The facts, nothing but the facts…?

The Report on the alleged use of chemical weapons on 21 August 2013 in Syria was released on 16 September through a Note of the UN Secretary-General (UNSG). The inquiry was carried out by the United Nations Mission to Investigate Allegations of the Use of Chemical Weapons in the Syrian Arab Republic, established by the UNSG. […]

The Golden Age of Human Rights Fact-Finding?

If you are reading these lines you may still be puzzled by one single thought… “This is just another blog among so many…” Well that’s good because this is precisely this type of thinking that made me embark into this project of a new blog. Fact-finding about allegations of abuses in times of war is […]