Truth Commissions And Procedural Fairness by Mark FreemanTruth Commissions And Procedural Fairness by Mark Freeman

Truth Commissions And Procedural Fairness

byMark Freeman, Patricia E. Ronan

Paperback | August 14, 2006

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This is the first law book devoted entirely to the subject of truth commissions. The book sets forth standards of procedural fairness aimed at protecting the rights of those who come into contact with truth commissions - primarily victims and their families, witnesses, and perpetrators. The aim of the book is to provide recommended criteria of procedural fairness for five possible components of a truth commission's mandate: the taking of statements, the use of subpoenas, the exercise of powers of search and seizure, the holding of victim-centered public hearings, and the publication of findings of individual responsibility in a final report (sometimes called the issue of 'naming names'). The book draws on the experience of past and present truth commissions, analogous national and multilateral investigative bodies, and international and comparative standards of procedural fairness.
Mark Freeman is a lawyer and independent consultant on human rights issues affecting states in democratic and post-conflict transition. In the past year he has conducted missions to South Africa, Morocco, Sri Lanka, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya. He recently co-authored International Human Rights Law (Irwin Law C...
Title:Truth Commissions And Procedural FairnessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:422 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:August 14, 2006Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:052161564X

ISBN - 13:9780521615648


Table of Contents

Foreword; Acknowledgments; Preface; Abbreviations; Part I: 1. Truth commissions; 2. Procedural fairness; Part II: 3. Statement-taking; 4. Subpoena power; 5. Search and seizure power; 6. Public hearings; 7. Publication of findings of individual responsibility; Summary of recommendations; Appendices; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"Marc Freeman's book will chiefly appeal to practitioners or to those who teach practitioners. The first ninety pages or so of his introductory pages present a solid review of the variable nature of truth commissions and of the substantial literature that has been published about them....The chapters addressing the topics are quite well done....Freeman's book is highly recommended for those who want to engage in the hard work of studying procedural fairness in extraodinary forums in some detail..." --Donald W. Jackson, Department of Political Science, Texas Christian University, The Law and Politics Book Review