The Art of Facts

A LEGAL BLOG about Fact-finding and Armed ConflicTS

Human Rights

A first look at the AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan Report

So yesterday the African Union Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS) finally published its long awaited report. It’s dated 15 October 2014 and was submitted to the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) in January 2015 during the 24th AU Summit of Heads of State and Government. It however took the AUPSC some […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]