Investigations & Case Building

Slumping Turkish Currency Highlights Turkey’s Obligations in its Occupied Territories in Syria

Slumping Turkish Currency Highlights Turkey’s Obligations in its Occupied Territories in Syria

In Northwest Syria, which in recent years adopted the rapidly depreciating Turkish lira, prices of basic commodities such as rice and tea have nearly doubled. Daily wages are now so

­Determining the Perpetrators: The first step in a realistic plan for accountability in Syria

­Determining the Perpetrators: The first step in a realistic plan for accountability in Syria

International power dynamics have created significant challenges in identifying a viable model for transitional justice in Syria. Regardless of the model chosen by the Syrian people, it will face the

Juvenile Justice and Victim Participation in trials of Foreign ISIS Members

Juvenile Justice and Victim Participation in trials of Foreign ISIS Members

Two recent cases in Germany raise the question of how to balance the rights of juvenile defendants with the rights of victims to participate in proceedings. The Higher Regional Court

Time to Focus on the Victims – on EU Day against Impunity

Time to Focus on the Victims – on EU Day against Impunity

Trials concerning crimes against humanity, such as the one currently taking place in Koblenz, show that victims of core international crimes often do not know enough about their rights relating

Al Jazeera English - Could Syria's 'prosecutor without a tribunal' work?

James Reinl examines the new International, Impartial, and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) tasked with collecting and preserving evidence of atrocities in Syria that can build cases against perpetrators for referral to

ECtHR as an Avenue for Accountability: Possibilities and Constraints

ECtHR as an Avenue for Accountability: Possibilities and Constraints

As Russia has, for the time being, closed the door on all available means for international accountability against the Assad government’s atrocities in Syria, human rights groups and lawyers

Forced Displacement in Syria and International Accountability

Forced Displacement in Syria and International Accountability

Last week, in a Russia-brokered agreement between pro-government and opposition forces, approximately 1,100 civilians left their homes in the Homs neighborhood of al-Waer. This marks one of the largest

When "Public Interest Litigation" Isn't in the Public's Interest: Universal Jurisdiction and the Case against Assad

Justice Palace- Paris. Photo from Wikimedia Commons Late last year, two cases were filed against the Syrian government alleging serious violations of international law, including war crimes and crimes against

A memorandum to the Secretary General of the United Nations regarding the new United Nations mechanism for investigation and prosecution

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres. Photo of UN Geneva 19 January 2017 His Excellency the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, We, Syrian organizations working in the

Asset recovery and repatriation: Could the impossible solution be just the right fit for the impossible conflict?

Asset recovery and repatriation: Could the impossible solution be just the right fit for the impossible conflict?

Written by Erica Razook For a simple overview of the conflict, a casual reader can turn to Wikipedia’s entry for the “Syrian Civil War,” which has no less than