International fact-finding mechanisms : lighting candles or cursing darkness ?
Promoting peace through international law
Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2015
The chapter discusses international fact-finding mechanisms and their role in the promotion of peace. It relies on a stringent view of peace as ‘negative peace’, a reflection of the absence of armed conflict. It shows that international fact-finding mechanisms have gained ground as tools by which the international community responds to man-made emergencies that could threaten peace, but also give rise to various dilemmas. The chapter identifies tensions that arise between fact-finding for the purpose of conflict prevention, confidence-building fact-finding as part of treaty enforcement regimes, and finally fact-finding with the aim of ensuring accountability for international crimes. The chapter asks numerous crucial questions in this regard: "Do international fact-finding mechanisms serve to bemoan violations of international law while concealing inadequacies in its ability to respond appropriately, or does fact-finding in fact respond to the predicament of fact-finding as ‘a significant weapon in the armoury of world order ?"
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