The International Commission of Inquiry on Libya: A Critical Analysis
Kevin Jon Heller
Melbourne Law School
Jens Meierhenrich (ed.), International Commissions: The Role of Commissions of Inquiry in the Investigation of International Crimes, 2013 Forthcoming
This chapter provides a critical assessment of the International Commission of Inquiry on Libya, established by the United Nations Human Rights Council in February 2011 to investigate violations of international law committed in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. The chapter is divided into four sections. Section I provides a brief summary of the Commission’s creation, investigation, and findings. Section II assesses whether the Commission’s mandate and methods satisfied international standards of independence and impartiality. Section III raises a number of questions about the legal framework the Commission applied. Finally, Section IV asks whether, in light of the facts it found and the law that it applied, the Commission’s legal conclusions withstand analysis.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 51
Keywords: ICL, international criminal law, human rights, fact-finding, commissions of inquiry, Libya, international criminal courtAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 5, 2012 ; Last revised: August 23, 2012
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