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Accountability for Crimes in Syria: Lessons Learned from the Field of International Justice

This document is an adaption of a speech delivered on May 12, 2015 at the launch of a report by the Syrian Justice and Accountability Center (SJAC) entitled ”A Step Towards Justice:  Current Accountability Options for Crimes under International Law Committed in Syria.”  The report discusses current accountability options for addressing crimes being perpetrated in Syria, examining the feasibility and potential impact of each option.  The panel discussion that marked the launch of the report featured Mohammad Al Abdallah, Mark Lattimer, and Jennifer Trahan.  The event was hosted by the American Bar Association (ABA) Center for Human Rights.