The Art of Facts

A LEGAL BLOG about Fact-finding and Armed ConflicTS

Syria

Fact-Finding and proving direct attacks against civilians: ‘Double tap’ as the ‘smoking gun’?

In the field of fact-finding on alleged violations of IHL, establishing cases of direct attacks against civilians, civilian objects or against specially protected persons or objects, such as medical staff, rescue workers and hospitals, is a recurring challenge for investigators. Making a factual finding that certain incidents amount to indiscriminate attacks, such as those not […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]

 

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 […]