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The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding

Philip Alston and Sarah Knuckey


Fact-finding is at the heart of human rights advocacy, and is often at the center of international disputes about alleged government abuses. Recently, there has been a huge increase in the number and variety of fact-finding mechanisms established, including by governments, intergovernmental bodies, nongovernmental organizations, and private actors. Human rights fact-finding is often controversial. In addition to objections lodged by some of the governments concerned, more objective observers have offered increasingly in-depth critiques of the composition, methodologies, interpretive techniques ... More

Keywords: human rights fact-finding, human rights advocacy, fact-finding mechanisms, critiques, interdisciplinary approach, methodology, transformation

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190239480
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190239480.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Alston, editor
John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law, New York University School of Law

Sarah Knuckey, editor
Lieff Cabraser Associate Clinical Professor of Law; Director of the Human Rights Clinic; Faculty Co-Director of the Human Rights Institute, Columbia University Law School

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Part one Introduction

1 The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding

Philip Alston and Sarah Knuckey

Part two Critical Perspectives on Human Rights Fact-Finding

Part three Victims and Witnesses: Empowerment or Extraction?

Part four Fact-Finding for Advocacy, Enforcement, and Litigation: Purposes and Cross Purposes

Part five The Role of Interdisciplinary Expertise and Methodologies

Part six New Technologies: Crowdsourcing, Social Media, and Big Data

23. Big (Crisis) Data

Patrick Meier

Part seven Does Human Rights Fact-Finding Need International Guidelines?

End Matter