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Truth Commissions and Procedural Fairness

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ISBN13: 9780521615648
ISBN: 052161564X
Published: August 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £27.99

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This is the first law book devoted entirely to the subject of truth commissions. The book sets forth standards of procedural fairness aimed at protecting the rights of those who come into contact with truth commissions - primarily victims and their families, witnesses, and perpetrators.

The aim of the book is to provide recommended criteria of procedural fairness for five possible components of a truth commission's mandate: the taking of statements, the use of subpoenas, the exercise of powers of search and seizure, the holding of victim-centered public hearings, and the publication of findings of individual responsibility in a final report (sometimes called the issue of 'naming names').

The book draws on the experience of past and present truth commissions, analogous national and multilateral investigative bodies, and international and comparative standards of procedural fairness.

  • A unique book on the contemporary and interesting topic of truth commissions.
  • The first book to examine issues of procedural fairness applicable to truth commissions.
  • Outlines a theory of procedural fairness applicable to non-judicial human rights inquiries generally

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Public International Law
Part I:
1. Truth commissions
2. Procedural fairness
Part II:
3. Statement-taking
4. Subpoena power
5. Search and seizure power
6. Public hearings
7. Publication of findings of individual responsibility
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