Panel Discussion on Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-finding

Date: Thursday, 17 September, 2015

Location: Conference Room 7 (CR7), United Nations Headquarters, New York

Time: 13h15-14h45

The Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) is pleased to announce a panel discussion event to be hosted by the Government of Switzerland that will focus on discussion about a new publication: the HPCR Advanced Practitioner’s Handbook on Commissions of Inquiry.

This Handbook represents the culmination of a multi-annual initiative undertaken by HPCR with the support of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. HPCR prepared the Handbook in collaboration with the HPCR Group of Professionals on Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-finding, a team of high-level practitioners set up by HPCR.

The Handbook responds to the proliferation of monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding missions that has occurred in recent years, as well as the desire that many practitioners in this domain have expressed for more in depth methodological guidance. To complement the wealth of valuable existing policy literature, this Handbook addresses the more challenging methodological dilemmas facing commissions of inquiry and proposes a methodological approach to these issues based on the experiences of past missions and established professional standards.

This event will allow an opportunity for practitioners engaged in designing and implementing monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding missions to engage in professional exchange regarding the development of investigative methodologies and approaches for surmounting common challenges that have been encountered on recent missions.

Opening remarks:
Ambassador Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations

Overview of the Handbook:
Professor Claude Bruderlein, Senior Researcher, HPCR

Panel presentation and question and answer session with select high-level practitioners in the domain of monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding:

  • Judge Philippe Kirsch, Former Chairman, United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Libya
  • Dr. Théo Boutruche, Independent Consultant in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
  • Mr. Luc Côté, Director of Rule of Law, United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti
  • Ms. Cynthia Petrigh, Founder, Beyond (peace)

A light lunch will be served before the event.

Please confirm your attendance by Monday 14 September 2015 by sending an email to Anaïde Nahikian at: anahikia@hsph.harvard.edu Please indicate whether you have a UN grounds pass.