Expert Roundtable on Evidence-Based Fact-Finding

On Wednesday 20 May, The Hague Institute for Global Justice and the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR) of Harvard University’s School of Public Health co-organized a high-level expert roundtable discussion on Evidence-Based Fact-Finding.

The roundtable gathered a select group of approximately 20 leading experts and practitioners from first responders, international courts and tribunals, academic institutions, training centres and fact-finding rosters, to discuss the development of methodologies and approaches for surmounting common challenges that have been encountered in recent fact-finding practice.

The questions that were discussed at the roundtable include, but are not limited to:

  • How can insights from the emerging interdisciplinary science on the analysis of evidence constitute an evidence base for fact-finding practice;
  • What are the challenges and opportunities facing practitioners, trainers, and policymakers engaged in investigative efforts in the domain of international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and human rights;
  • What are opportunities for improved fact-finding practice other than relating to its evidence base.

The roundtable was followed by a public panel discussion. More information about the public discussion is available here.

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