Siracusa Guidelines for International, Regional and National Fact-Finding Bodies

Those keen to promote accountability in conflicts around the world are increasingly relying on fact finding bodies to provide necessary documentation which will ensure that those responsible for human rights abuses are brought to justice. The ‘Guidelines’, developed from inputs by more than 80 experts, provide a thorough and welcome framework to ensure clarity and consistency throughout the processes of creating, investigating, reporting and follow-up for these various bodies.
Author(s):
The Siracusa International Institute
Editor(s):
M. Cherif Bassiouni, Christina Abraham
book | published | 1st edition
September 2013 | xxvi + 152 pp.

Paperback
€49.-


ISBN 9781780681931

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“The Siracusa Guidelines have appeared at an important and opportune moment. Those keen to promote accountability in conflicts around the world are increasingly relying on fact finding bodies to provide necessary documentation which will ensure that those responsible for human rights abuses are brought to justice. The ‘Guidelines’, developed from inputs by more than 80 experts, provide a thorough and welcome framework to ensure clarity and consistency throughout the processes of creating, investigating, reporting and follow-up for these various bodies.”
Karen Koning AbuZayd
Commissioner, Syria UN CoI; Former High Commissioner UNRWA

“The Siracusa Guidelines for fact-finding bodies derive from a wealth of combined knowledge and experience in the field. They address in a comprehensive and integrated way many essential issues which have often been inadequately dealt with or ignored. The application of the guidelines will not only improve the conduct and effectiveness of such missions but also enhance their legitimacy.”
Philippe Kirsch
Former President, ICC; Former Ambassador and Legal Adviser, MOFA, Canada

“Fact-Finding Bodies are an essential component of international, regional and national investigative processes. It is of paramount concern that they work to high and common standards. The obvious expertise and solid work of the Siracusa Committee has produced a draft of high quality, and of great practical application.”
Howard Morrison
Judge, ICC; Former Judge, ICTY

“These Guidelines are indispensable to those engaged in fact-finding and will contribute immensely to the process of international criminal justice.”
Hassan B. Jallow
Chief Prosecutor, UNICTR/UNMICT

“These guidelines are an essential resource for anybody working on issues connected with international investigation commissions in the future.”
Serge Brammertz
Prosecutor, ICTY

“Hindsight, Insight and Foresight....These Guidelines provide a wealth of wisdom for discussion and reflection.”
Vitit Muntarbhorn
Professor of Law, Bangkok University; international human rights expert who served in several UN capacities

Chapters

Table of Contents (p. 0)

Part I: Identification of Issues in Relation to UN Factfinding Mechanisms (p. 1)

Part II: The Siracusa Guidelines (p. 35)

Part III: An Empirical Analysis of United Nations Commissions of Inquiry: Toward the Development of a Standardized Methodology (p. 53)

Appendices to the Empirical Analysis of United Nations Commissions of Inquiry (p. 101)

UN Documents (p. 117)