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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]


Agnieszka Jachec-Neale

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 16 July 2024

Fact-finding and inquiry

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1‘Fact-finding’ or ‘inquiry’ is a recognized form of international dispute settlement through the process of elucidating facts, given that it is the varied perceptions of these facts that often give rise to the dispute in the first place. The fact-finding process is frequently employed in addition to other diplomatic dispute resolution means such as negotiation, mediation, good offices, and conciliation as well as in arbitration and international civil litigation (Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes). Fact-finding is a process distinct from other forms...
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