The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding

The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding


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Fact-finding is at the heart of human rights advocacy, and is often at the center of international controversies about alleged government abuses. In recent years, human rights fact-finding has greatly proliferated and become more sophisticated and complex, while also being subjected to stronger scrutiny from governments. Nevertheless, despite the prominence of fact-finding, it remains strikingly under-studied and under-theorized. Too little has been done to bring forth the assumptions, methodologies, and techniques of this rapidly developing field, or to open human rights fact-finding to critical and constructive scrutiny.

The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of fact-finding with rigorous and critical analysis of the field of practice, while providing a range of accounts of what actually happens. It deepens the study and practice of human rights investigations, and fosters fact-finding as a discretely studied topic, while mapping crucial transformations in the field. The contributions to this book are the result of a major international conference organized by New York University Law School's Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. Engaging the expertise and experience of the editors and contributing authors, it offers a broad approach encompassing contemporary issues and analysis across the human rights spectrum in law, international relations, and critical theory. This book addresses the major areas of human rights fact-finding such as victim and witness issues; fact-finding for advocacy, enforcement, and litigation; the role of interdisciplinary expertise and methodologies; crowd sourcing, social media, and big data; and international guidelines for fact-finding.


Civil Rights and Discrimination | Human Rights Law | International Law | Law | Law and Society




Oxford University Press


New York, NY


"The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding is an invaluable and versatile publication for academics and practitioners. It has the potential to influence lawmakers and practitioners by providing accessible insights into the future of human rights fact-finding. The book constitutes a solid syllabus for postgraduate courses in human rights monitoring. Finally, it establishes the foundations for further academic research by clearly identifying the moving frontiers of knowledge in human rights fact-finding and connecting them to the needs of professionals on the ground."
Piergiuseppe Parisi, Journal of International Criminal Justice


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