Recommendations and Follow-Up Measures in Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-Finding Missions

54 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2014  

Rob Grace

Harvard University - Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research

Date Written: August 14, 2014

Abstract

This paper examines follow-up measures that have been undertaken in the wake of reports published by monitoring, reporting, and fact-finding missions tasked to investigate alleged violations of international humanitarian law and human rights. Section 1 explores the perspectives of both MRF practitioners and scholars on the importance of recommendations offered in MRF reports. Section 2 examines the impacts that MRF practitioners seek to achieve. Section 3 provides an overview of the methodological dilemmas of assessing the outcomes of MRF work. Section 4 presents an assessment of the implementation of recommendations articulated in reports of fifteen MRF missions implemented over the course of the past decade. Section 5 examines the factors that shape practitioners’ decisions about crafting recommendations in MRF reports. Section 6 posits questions for practitioners and policy actors to consider as part of the ongoing discourse regarding devising MRF methodologies, learning lessons from past MRF experiences, and building a community of practice among MRF practitioners.

Keywords: Fact-finding, International humanitarian law, Human rights, International criminal law

Suggested Citation

Grace, Rob, Recommendations and Follow-Up Measures in Monitoring, Reporting, and Fact-Finding Missions (August 14, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2480824

Rob Grace (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research ( email )

1033 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02138

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