SJAC is a Syrian-led organization made up of 40+ team members around the globe. While our team of lawyers, human rights activists, and IT experts is majority Syrian, many of our team members cannot be publicly associated with the organization, as it may put themselves, their families, or the objectivity of their work at risk. The staff listed below live in both the United States and Europe and are able to respond to questions or requests for information.
For press inquires, contact SJAC's Communications Coordinator at [email protected]
Mohammad Al Abdallah
Mohammad is the founding Director of the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre where he supports developing and leading the organization's strategic vision, and works with project leads to support project implementation. Mohammad is directly involved in SJAC's transitional justice projects and the missing persons portfolio. He also represents SJAC in media and provides managerial oversight for the organization.
For questions about SJAC’s transitional justice or missing persons work, contact him at: [email protected]
Roger Lu Phillips
Roger is the Legal Director of the Syria Justice and Accountability Center where he manages OSINT and closed source investigative teams. He also oversees SJAC's legal analysis teams, trial monitoring in universal cases and responding to requests of investigative bodies and prosecutors.
He regularly provides commentary to the media on the application of universal jurisdiction as well as international humanitarian law, including the law of occupation. He can be reached at: [email protected]
Senior Program Officer
Hannah is a Senior Program Officer at SJAC where she oversees SJAC's missing persons program, leads the drafting and publication of reports on human rights and transitional justice, and provides organization wide support on development and compliance. You can reach out to Hannah with questions regarding SJAC's missing persons program at [email protected]
Human Rights Advisor
Aoiss Aldobouch is a Syrian attorney and international human rights advocate. He leads SJAC’s litigation project and facilitates the prosecution of serious international crimes in Syria before EU national courts. Additionally, he provides capacity building training for human rights groups and activists. You can reach out to Aoiss with questions regarding SJAC's litigation project or for capacity building training at [email protected]
Jomana is an activist in the field of gender-based violence related to the Syrian conflict and is the Project Manager for SJAC’s missing persons program in Northeast Syria. She leads a team of documentation coordinators who meet with families and survivors to collect information on persons disappeared by ISIS and facilitates relationships with local organizations and activists in Northeast Syria to support community-led efforts in the search for missing persons.
Nessma is a legal officer with the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre where she conducts analysis on matters of international law, particularly international criminal law. She also works to build bridges between Syrian witnesses and European authorities to support universal jurisdiction proceedings. She can be reached at [email protected]
Leigh is a Program Coordinator at the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre where she helps coordinate donor reporting and supports new business development. She also provides administrative and operational support for the SJAC team. She can be reached at [email protected]
Michael is a communications coordinator at the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre where he helps facilitate SJAC’s external communications with journalists, social media accounts, newsletter, and website. He also provides logistical and communications support for the SJAC team. For questions about SJAC’s communications or website contact him at: [email protected]
Ryan is a Program Associate at the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre where he provides administrative and operational support for the SJAC team.
Merlina Herbach holds a BA in Political Science from Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich and an LLM in International Law from the University of Edinburgh. She is currently a Trial Monitor at the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre (SJAC) where she monitors and analyzes Syria-related criminal trials in Germany. She also provides administrative support to the trial monitoring team and facilitates legal research. For information and questions about SJAC's trial monitoring in Germany, contact Merlina at [email protected]
As Research Fellow, Gabriel primarily writes articles and reports based on SJAC documentation. His current work focuses on the Missing Persons Project, for which he also helps to coordinate the investigations of field documentation staff and forensic teams in northeast Syria. Gabriel provides analysis of a range of other topics including mercenarism, sanctions, and forced migration, and can be reached at [email protected]
Board of Directors
The SJAC Board of Directors establishes organisational policies and guides institutional strategy. Members include:
Jill MillerDirector, Center for Applied Learning and Impact, IREX
Jill Miller is an international development professional with 18 years of progressive experience in democracy and governance, education, gender and youth. In her current capacity leading the Center for Applied Learning and Impact at the International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), Jill heads a team that develops cutting-edge new program approaches, fosters learning across the IREX portfolio and beyond, and assesses IREX’s impact. Jill received her master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) with a concentration in Social Change and Development and her bachelor’s degree from Seattle University in Political Science and Economics.
Erica RazookDirector, Titania Returns, LLC
Erica Razook sits on SJAC’s Board of Directors and is a Syrian-Lebanese American anti-corruption lawyer and certified fraud examiner living in New York. She participated in the 2014 Arab Forum on Asset Recovery and supported civil society efforts to repatriate stolen assets to Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, and Ukraine in her former role at the Open Society Foundations, including coordination of the civil society-led event on the topic at the 2015 UN Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa. Erica is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of SJAC.
Daniel SerwerAcademic Director of Conflict Management , Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Daniel is a Professor of the Practice of Conflict Management, director of the Conflict Management Program and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations, at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Serwer is also a research scholar at the Middle East Institute in Washington D.C. Serwer served as a minister-counselor with the U.S. Department of State. He was deputy chief of mission and charge’ d’affaires at US Embassy Rome from 1990 to 1993 and from 1994 to 1996, special envoy and coordinator for the Bosnian Federation. During this posting, Serwer mediated between the Croats and Muslims and was the negotiator who brokered the first agreement reached at the Dayton peace talks. Serwer is the author of Righting the Balance: How You Can Help Protect America (Potomac, 2013). Serwer holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Princeton University, an M.S. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from Haverford College.
Mark SmithDirector for Government Affairs, Clorox Company
Mark Smith is the Director for Government Affairs at the International, Glad and BRITA for the Clorox Company. He leads the company’s government affairs strategy in the over 110 markets outside of the U.S. where Clorox does business as well as the global business for the Glad and BRITA brands. Prior to joining Clorox, Mark was President and Founder of Claren Power, a waste-to-energy developer focused on maximizing the electrical energy output of sugar mills in Brazil. Before embarking on this entrepreneurial venture, Mark served for 11 years as the Managing Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where he led successful industry coalitions that helped pass the CAFTA, Chile and Peru-U.S. Free Trade Agreements. At the Chamber, Mark also served as the Executive Vice President of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council, an organization representing the largest Fortune 500 investors in Brazil. Prior to his stint at the Chamber, Mark worked as a trade analyst at the Brazilian Embassy in Washington, focusing on promoting Brazilian software and manufactured goods exports to the U.S. He holds a BA in Government from the College of William & Mary and a MBA from Georgetown.
Clint WilliamsonDistinguished professor of practice, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law
Williamson also serves as Senior Director for Global Rule of Law, Governance and National Security at the McCain Institute for International Leadership at ASU. From 2011-2014, he served as Lead Prosecutor for the European Union Special Investigative Task Force. Prior to that role, Williamson was the third United States Ambassador for War Crimes Issues, serving from 2006 to 2009. Before the ambassadorship, from 1994-2001, he worked as a Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, where he supervised investigations and field operations in the Balkans, compiled indictments, and prosecuted cases at trial.