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Pursuing Atrocity Accountability in Syria

Chatham House, London


Dr William Wiley, Executive Director, Commission for International Justice and Accountability
Chris Engels, Head of the Regime Crimes Team, Commission for International Justice and Accountability
Toby Cadman, Barrister, Nine Bedford Row International
Chair: Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Distinguished Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House


Large-scale violations of international criminal and humanitarian law are taking place in the Syrian conflict. In the absence of a referral of the situation to the International Criminal Court or the creation of a specialized tribunal, innovative efforts to gather and preserve evidence for future prosecutions are being supported by a number of states. 

The Commission for International Justice and Accountability is preparing prosecution case files that will meet international standards for evidence in criminal trials, recently completing a case file addressing individual criminal responsibility at the superior level for crimes committed in Syrian regime-controlled detention. The question remains what efforts are needed to establish jurisdiction of a properly constituted court or tribunal at the domestic or international level over these crimes? 

At this meeting, the commission will present its work, methodology and findings of the completed case files. The discussion will look at the legal ramifications of non-governmental organizations conducting high-level atrocity crimes investigations in ongoing conflicts; and how the results of such investigations may or should inform policy on the conflict in Syria.

Attendance at this event is strictly by invitation only.

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.