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Prospects of Justice, Avenues for Accountability: Investigating War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in Syria

Prospects of Justice, Avenues for Accountability: Investigating War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in Syria
1 Devonshire Place, Munk School of Global Affairs, Campbell Conference Facility
Time: Mar 8th, 6:00 pm End: Mar 8th, 7:30 pm
Interest Categories: Political Science, Law, Faculty of , Critical Theory, Canada, 2000-
Talk by William Wiley & Nerma Jelacic

The Munk School of Global Affairs presents

Prospects of Justice, Avenues for Accountability: Investigating War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in Syria

Now entering its fifth year, the Syrian civil war has been characterized by the perpetration of mass atrocities and human rights violations committed by all parties to the conflict. Will justice ever be served for the perpetrators of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria? Can all sides - the Syrian regime, rebel militants, ISIS,- be held accountable for the rights violations they have wrought upon civilians in the region? How can and should evidence of such abuses be collected? Will such evidence ever be used in a courtroom? The Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA) has been on the front lines collecting and protecting evidence of mass atrocities committed during the Syria civil war. Join CIJA's William Wiley and Nerma Jelacic in a conversation with Munk School Director Stephen Toope on international accountability, international criminal investigations, and the remarkable work being undertaken by CIJA investigators.

William Wiley is the Founder and Director of the Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA). William formerly worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at both the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia as well as the International Criminal Court, was an infantry officer in the Canadian military and worked on war crimes investigations in the Department of Justice.

Nerma Jelacic is the Director of External Relations and Communications at the Commission for International Justice and Accountability. Prior to joining CIJA, Nerma was the Head of Communications for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the Director and co-founder of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), as well as an editor at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting.

Stephen J. Toope is Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and an Officer of the Order of Canada. A former President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and Dean of Law at McGill University, Toope also served as Law Clerk to the Rt. Hon. Brian Dickson of the Supreme Court of Canada, and as Chair of the United Nations Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances. He co-authored Legitimacy and Legality in International Law: An Interactional Account with Jutta Brunnée which won the American Society of International Law's 2011 Certificate of Merit for Creative Scholarship. Toope publishes in leading international journals on international dispute resolution, international environmental law, human rights, the use of force, and international legal theory, and has lectured at leading universities around the globe.

The Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA) is an innovative, non-profit organisation committed to establishing the individual criminal responsibility of high-level perpetrators implicated in violations of International Criminal and Humanitarian Law (ICHL) in conflict and post-conflict areas where public bodies, such as the International Criminal Court (ICC) or domestic prosecutorial authorities, are unable to intervene due to physical risk, insufficient expertise or in the absence of jurisdiction. Its intervention in Syria has already resulted with the completion of three internationally-acclaimed case files inculpating 23 of the highest ranking regime officials.

This event is free and open to all. Register online. For further information, please contact Daria Dumbabze


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