The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding by Philip AlstonThe Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding by Philip Alston

The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding

EditorPhilip Alston, Sarah Knuckey

Paperback | January 4, 2016

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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 tostronger 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 rightsfact-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 rightsinvestigations, 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 rightsfact-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.
Philip Alston is the John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University School of Law. He has written extensively on a wide range of issues in the fields of public international law and international human rights law, and was Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of International Law for eleven years. As UN Special Rapporteu...
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Title:The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-FindingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:January 4, 2016Publisher:OUPLanguage:English

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I. Introduction1. Philip Alston and Sarah Knuckey: The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding: Challenges and OpportunitiesII. Critical Perspectives on Human Rights Fact-Finding2. Frederic Megret: Do Facts Exist, Can they Be 'Found', and Does it Matter?3. Obiora Okafor: International Human Rights Fact-Finding Praxis: A TWAIL Perspective4. Dustin N. Sharp: Human Rights Fact-Finding and the Reproduction of Hierarchies5. Fionnuala N! Aol in: The Gender Politics of Fact-Finding in the Context of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda6. Daniel Bonilla: Legal Clinics in the Global North and South: Between Equality and SubordinationIII. Victims and Witnesses: Empowerment or Extraction?7. Theo Boutruche: The Relationship between Fact-Finders and Witnesses in Human Rights Fact-Finding: What Place for the Victims?8. Shreya Atrey: The Danger of a Single Story: Introducing Intersectionality in Fact-Finding9. Rosette Muzigo-Morrison: Victims and Witnesses in Fact-Finding Commissions: Pawns or Principal Pieces?10. Daniel Rothenberg: The Complex Truth of Testimony: A Case Study of Human Rights Fact-Finding in Iraq11. Laura Marschner: Implications of Trauma on Testimonial Evidence in International Criminal TrialsIV. Fact-Finding for Advocacy, Enforcement, and Litigation: Purposes and Cross Purposes12. Larissa van den Herik and Catherine Harwood: Commissions of Inquiry and the Charm of International Criminal Law: Between Transactional and Authoritative Approaches13. Carsten Stahn and Dov Jacobs: The Interaction between Human Rights Fact-Finding and International Criminal Proceedings: Towards a (New) Typology14. Pablo de Greiff: Truth without Facts: On the Erosion of the Fact-Finding Function of Truth Commissions15. Taylor Pendergrass: Human Rights Fact-Finding in the Shadows of America's Solitary Confinement PrisonsV. The Role of Interdisciplinary Expertise and Methodologies16. Margaret L. Satterthwaite and Justin C. Simeone: A Conceptual Roadmap for Social Science Methods in Human Rights Fact-Finding17. Brian Root: Numbers are Only Human: Lessons for Human Rights Practitioners from the Quantitative Literacy Movement18. Allison Corkery: Investigating Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights ViolationsVI. New Technologies: Crowdsourcing, Social Media, and Big Data19. Molly K. Land: Democratizing Human Rights Fact-Finding20. Patrick Ball: The Bigness of Big Data: Samples, Models, and the Facts We Might Find When Looking at Data21. Jay D. Aronson: Mobile Phones, Social Media, and Big Data in Human Rights Fact-Finding: Possibilities, Challenges, and Limitations22. Susan R. Wolfinbarger: Remote sensing as a Tool for Human Rights Fact-Finding23. Patrick Meier: Big (Crisis) Data: Humanitarian Fact-Finding with Advanced ComputingVII. Does Human Rights Fact-Finding Need International Guidelines?24. Diane Orentlicher: International Norms in Human Rights Fact-Finding25. Rob Grace and Claude Bruderlein: Developing Norms of Professional Practice in the Domain of Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-FindingIndex