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

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Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

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Tuesday, March 8, 20166:00PM - 7:30PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
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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.

Georgette Gagnon is an international human rights lawyer and advocate. Georgette served as Director of Human Rights for the UN Assistance Mission and as Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Afghanistan from 2010-2015. She was Director of Human Rights for the UN Supervision Mission in Syria based in Damascus in 2012. Previously, Ms. Gagnon worked with Human Rights Watch as Executive Director of the organization’s Africa Division and with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo as Director of Human Rights and Rule of Law.onmental 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.


Speakers

William Wiley
Speaker
Founder and Director of the Commission for International Justice and Accountability (CIJA)

Nerma Jelacic
Speaker
Director of External Relations and Communications at the Commission for International Justice and Accountability

Georgette Gagnon
Moderator
International human rights lawyer and advocate



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