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HPCR Practitioner's Handbook on Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-Finding
Investigating International Law Violations

Philippe Kirsch, Claude Bruderlein, Rob Grace, Théo Boutruche, Stephen Wilkinson, Cynthia Petrigh, Luc Côté
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  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316615980


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  • This book offers a portrait of the practice of monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding in the domain of human rights, international humanitarian law, and international criminal law. By analyzing the experiences of fifteen missions implemented over the course of the past decade, the book illuminates the key issues that these missions face and offers a roadmap for practitioners working on future missions. This book is the result of a five-year research study led by the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University, Massachusetts. Based on extensive interviews conducted with fact-finding practitioners, this book consists of two parts. Part I offers a handbook that details methodological considerations for the design and implementation of fact-finding missions and commissions of inquiry. Part II - which consists of chapters written by scholars and practitioners - presents a more in-depth, scholarly examination of past fact-finding practices.

    • Presents a comparative analysis of the practices and experiences of fifteen monitoring, reporting and fact-finding missions to allow the reader to ascertain how different missions have adopted various approaches
    • Divided into two parts, an accessible handbook for practitioners and a scholarly examination, the book makes the material relevant for both audiences with an interest in the subject
    • Based in part on interviews conducted with practitioners who worked on recent missions, allowing readers to gain insight through information otherwise not readily available to the public
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316615980
    • length: 340 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.45kg
    • contains: 9 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Philippe Kirsch
    Introduction Claude Bruderlein
    Part I. HPCR Advanced Practitioner's Handbook on Commissions of Inquiry
    Section 1. Mandate Interpretation
    Section 2
    Establishing Facts and Applying the Law
    Section 3. Protection of Witnesses and Victims
    Section 4. Public Communication
    Section 5. Report Drafting
    Part II. Selected Writings on Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-Finding:
    1. On the hybrid nature of monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding missions Rob Grace
    2. Selecting and applying legal lenses in fact-finding work Théo Boutruche
    3. Finding the facts: standards of proof and information handling in monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding missions Stephen Wilkinson
    4. Protecting witnesses, victims, and staff: sources and implications of professional responsibilities Cynthia Petrigh
    5. Professional dilemmas in public communication and report drafting Luc Côté and Rob Grace
    6. An analysis of the impact of commissions of inquiry Rob Grace
    Appendix A. HPCR group of professionals on monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding
    Appendix B. Selected missions.

  • Editors

    Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research

    Rob Grace, Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, Harvard University, Massachusetts
    Rob Grace is a Senior Associate at the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. In this role, he leads research projects on international law and humanitarian action. His writing on international law and foreign policy has been published by the Journal of Conflict and Security Law, the European Society of International Law Reflections, Foreign Policy in Focus, the Foreign Policy Association, and Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection. He holds an M.A. in Politics from New York University and a B.A. from Vassar College, New York.

    Claude Bruderlein, Harvard School of Public Health, Massachusetts
    Claude Bruderlein is Strategic Advisor to the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and holds an adjunct faculty appointment at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Massachusetts. As a Swiss lawyer, Mr Bruderlein has worked in humanitarian protection with the ICRC in the Middle East for several years, as well as in Geneva as a legal advisor. In 1996, he joined the United Nations as Special Advisor to the Secretary General on Humanitarian Affairs. He worked particularly on humanitarian access in Afghanistan and North Korea.


    Philippe Kirsch, Claude Bruderlein, Rob Grace, Théo Boutruche, Stephen Wilkinson, Cynthia Petrigh, Luc Côté

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