Bergsmo: Quality Control in Fact-Finding (500 pp.) is now available.

Dear colleague,

We are pleased to announce the publication of the new book ‘Quality Control in Fact-Finding’ by the Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher. It discusses how fact-finding mechanisms for alleged violations of international human rights, humanitarian and criminal law can be improved. There has been a significant increase in the use of international, internationalised, and domestic fact-finding mechanisms since 1992, including by the United Nations human rights system, international commissions of inquiry, truth and reconciliation commissions, and NGOs. These mechanisms are analysed and assessed in detail by 19 authors, including Richard J. Goldstone, Martin Scheinin, LIU Daqun, Charles Garraway, David Re, Simon De Smet, FAN Yuwen, Isabelle Lassée, WU Xiaodan, Dan Saxon, Chris Mahony, Dov Jacobs, Catherine Harwood, Lyal S. Sunga, Wolfgang Kaleck, Carolijn Terwindt, Ilia Utmelidze, and Marina Aksenova.

The book – which is dedicated to Professor Emeritus Frits Kalshoven who will attend the launch in The Hague on 25 November 2013 – emphasises quality awareness and improvement in non-criminal justice fact-work. This quality control approach recognises, inter alia, the importance of leadership in fact-finding mechanisms, the responsibility of individual fact-finders to continuously professionalise, and the need for fact-finders to be mandate-centred. It is an approach that invites the consideration of how the quality of every functional aspect of fact-finding can be improved, including work processes to identify, locate, obtain, verify, analyse, corroborate, summarise, synthesise, structure, organise, present, and disseminate facts. The book also considers regulatory approaches to enhance quality and professionalization, but warns against generalisations.

The book provides, as ICTY Prosecutor Serge Brammertz writes in his preface, “a common ground for reflection and discussion around technical and neutral terms such as quality control and professionalization, [and] makes substantial contributions to the consideration of how fact-finding can be improved. I welcome the innovative conceptualisation of its topic, the composition of an impressive and diverse group of authors, and their texts”.

Morten Bergsmo (editor):
Quality Control in Fact-Finding
Torkel Opsahl Academic EPublisher
Florence, 2013
ISBN 978-82-93081-78-4
500 pages.

You find reviews of earlier TOAEP books in academic journals here.

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Kind regards,

Neela Badami
Member, TOAEP Editorial Board
Senior Associate, Samvad Partners 
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