The International Commission of Inquiry on Libya: A Critical Analysis

Jens Meierhenrich (ed.), International Commissions: The Role of Commissions of Inquiry in the Investigation of International Crimes, 2013 Forthcoming

51 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2012 Last revised: 23 Aug 2012

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Kevin Jon Heller

University of Copenhagen (Centre for Military Studies); Australian National University

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

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.

Keywords: ICL, international criminal law, human rights, fact-finding, commissions of inquiry, Libya, international criminal court

Suggested Citation

Heller, Kevin Jon, The International Commission of Inquiry on Libya: A Critical Analysis (2012). Jens Meierhenrich (ed.), International Commissions: The Role of Commissions of Inquiry in the Investigation of International Crimes, 2013 Forthcoming , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2123782

Kevin Jon Heller (Contact Author)

University of Copenhagen (Centre for Military Studies) ( email )

Denmark

Australian National University ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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