Promoting Criminal Accountability for the Syrian Conflict

ILAC works to strengthen the capacity of Syrian lawyers to engage with international human rights mechanisms. 

Ensuring solid knowledge of International Human Rights standards is imperative for legal professionals to effectively engage with such mechanisms, including the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, the UN Commission of Inquiry for Syria and International, Independent, and Impartial Mechanism.

This project aims to ensure that locally-led solutions will inform a future transitional justice process. Together with the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), we work to promote the engagement of Syrian justice sector actors with international and national human rights and accountability mechanisms, in support of more effective and consistent coordination between Syrian legal professionals inside and outside the country.

Significant progress has been made to establish a pool of Europe-based Syrian lawyers and to develop an engagement strategy for the Syrian legal community with UN human rights and accountability mechanisms.  Building on a pool of Syrian lawyers, ILAC aims to ensure that Syrian lawyers play an active role in both engaging with UN human rights mechanisms to report and prevent violations, while at the same time ensuring that Syrian lawyers outside the country train lawyers working on the inside, to set the standards for a future Syria. 

Project information

Coordination: ILAC Syria Programme

Responsible member: IBAHRI

Funding: Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency

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