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

By Interntational Institute Of Higher Studies In Criminal Sciences (ISISC)

Edited by: Christina Abraham, M. Cherif Bassiouni

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, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East *** "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, International Criminal Court; Former Ambassador and Legal Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 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, International Criminal Court; Former Judge, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia *** "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, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda / Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals *** "These guidelines are an essential resource for anybody working on issues connected with international investigation commissions in the future." -- Serge Brammertz, Prosecutor, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia *** "Hindsight, Insight and Foresight....These Guidelines provide a wealth of wisdom for discussion and reflection." -- Vitit Muntarbhorn, Professor of Law, Bangkok U.; international human rights expert

178 pages

Publication Date: 9/6/2013
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781780681931