The chair of the U.N. Human Rights Council said that the council would name up to four experts Friday to conduct a probe of Israel's deadly raid on the Gaza aid flotilla in which Israeli soldiers killed nine Turkish peace activists.
Sihasak Phuangketkeow said Wednesday the members will be selected "on the basis of their renowned expertise, independence and impartiality."
A former president of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Philippe Kirsch of Canada is to head the U.N. probe.
Kirsch has been involved in international investigations of war crimes and maritime terrorism in the past.
One prominent legal expert whose name has been mentioned in the Israeli media as a possible head of the mission declined to participate.
Kirsch told reporters that he turned down the post for personal reasons.
The council decided to set up the committee two days after Israeli navy commandos attacked the Gaza Freedom Flotilla on May 31.