Justice and security

Panel Discussion on Evidence-Based Fact-Finding

The Hague Institute for Global Justice

May 20, 18:30-20:00

The Hague Institute for Global Justice, the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) and the Government of Switzerland are pleased to invite you to a Panel Discussion on Evidence-Based Fact-Finding.

This public event will provide a forum for professional exchange regarding the development of methodologies and approaches for surmounting common challenges that have been encountered in recent fact-finding practice. Practitioners, trainers, and policymakers engaged in investigative efforts in the domain of international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and human rights will participate in an interactive discussion about opportunities for improved fact-finding.

As a point of departure, panelists will discuss the recently published HPCR Advanced Practitioner’s Handbook on Commissions of Inquiry, which represents the culmination of a multi-annual initiative undertaken by Harvard University with the support of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.


  • Dr. Abiodun WilliamsWelcome Remarks
    President, The Hague Institute for Global Justice
  • H.E. Mr. Urs Breiter, Opening Remarks
    Ambassador, Embassy of Switzerland
  • Jill E.B. Coster van Voorhout, Moderator
    Researcher, Rule of Law Program, The Hague Institute for Global Justice
  • Prof. Claude Bruderlein
    Chair, Harvard Group of Professionals on Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-finding
  • Judge Philippe Kirsch
    Former Chairman, UN Commission of Inquiry on Libya
  • Baron Serge Brammertz
    Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
  • Dr. Theo Boutruche 
    Former Human Rights and IHL Expert and Investigator on the Independent International Fact-finding Mission on the Conflict in Georgia 
  • Ms. Cynthia Petrigh
    Former Human Rights and IHL Expert on the International Monitoring Team in Mindanao

This event is part of the Accountability and Civic Trust program, a three-year flagship project of The Hague Institute for Global Justice’s Rule of Law program. For relevant publications, see the HPCR Advanced Practitioner’s Handbook on Commissions of Inquiry and From Isolation to Interoperability: The Interaction of Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-finding Missions and International Criminal Courts and Tribunals, a joint working paper prepared by The Hague Institute for Global Justice and HPCR.

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