This news via e-mail from Peking University Law Professor YI Ping (right), Senior Adviser at FICHL, the Forum for International Criminal and Humanitarian Law:
Organizers are seeking papers to be presented at the annual LI Haopei Seminar, to be held May 20, 2013, in Florence, Italy. The topic this year is "Quality Control in International Fact-Finding Outside Criminal Justice for Core International Crimes."
At this 2013 seminar, Richard J. Goldstone, former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and for the former Yugoslavia, will deliver the the 2013 LI Haopei Lecture. The lecture series is named after a Chinese international law expert who died in 1993 while serving as a Judge at the ICTY. Also scheduled to speak are European University Institute Professor Martin Scheinin and DePaul University Law Professor Emeritus M. Cherif Bassiouni.
The event is a joint project of FICHL, the European University Institute, and Peking University International Law Institute.
With regard to the theme, organizers write:
The 2 or 3 submissions to be selected via the call for papers will be published in the FICHL Policy Brief Series. Interested presenters should write to email@example.com before November 1, 2012, attaching a brief abstract or concept note as well as a summary biography.
'There are academic efforts under way to map, and analyze best practices of, the plethora of international fact-finding commissions and other mandates to look into allegations of serious violations of international criminal, humanitarian or human rights law. There have been significant developments in international practise in this area since the Commission of Experts for the former Yugoslavia established pursuant to UN Security Council resolution 780 (1992), an institution which served as a catalyst for later developments. The FICHL supports these academic efforts, and it seeks to supplement them by focusing the 2013 LI Haopei Seminar more precisely on quality control in the four concrete contexts of (1) the formulation of the mandate of relevant international fact-finding; (2) the work processes in relevant fact-finding and -analysis; (3) the writing of fact-finding reports and conclusions; and (4) public communication in connection with the submission of the final report.
'The quality of their mandate, work processes and reporting determine the utility, efficacy and legitimacy of international fact-finding commissions and inquiries. Increasing the awareness and understanding of quality control may enhance the value of international fact-finding to relevant stakeholders, ultimately to victims and, indirectly, taxpayers who make it possible for Governments to support such commissions. More refined quality control mechanisms can make the success of international fact-finding less conditioned by the individual composition of any given commission. Quality control can also contribute to the substantive independence of the fact-finders’ assessment of allegations of serious violations of international criminal, humanitarian or human rights law.'
In addition to seeking submissions for papers, organizers also welcome nominations for the 2013 M.C. Bassiouni Justice Award to be presented at the seminar. Nominations -- names of persons with expertise on domestic criminal justice for core international crimes are encouraged -- can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org prior to October 1, 2012.