Fact-finding as diplomacy : the "good offices" of the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission
70 Jahre Genfer Konventionen : Stand und Perspektiven des humanitären Völkerrechts
Berlin : Berliner Wissenschafts-Verlag, 2021
On April 23, 2017, a patrol vehicle belonging to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)'s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine suffered severe damage as a result of an explosion, killing one member and wounding two others. The International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) was mandated by the OSCE to conduct an independent forensic investigation. This mission, which took place from June 11, 2017, until August 21, 2017, was the first operative mission of the IHFFC since its establishment. This contribution discusses the IHFCC's mandate under international law, and the arising legal and practical difficulties.
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