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Wednesday, May 25 • 15:00 - 16:00
Building Justice for Syria: Universal Jurisdiction and the Koblenz Trial

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In January 2022, a court in the German town of Koblenz sentenced Anwar R., a former Syrian intelligence officer, to life in prison for crimes against humanity. Using this trial as a case study, this panel discussion will examine the use of universal jurisdiction as a legal mechanism to hold the Syrian regime accountable for its crimes. The discussion will assess both the significance and limitations of universal jurisdiction, as well as examine other legal mechanisms such as the International Criminal Court, International Court of Justice, and ad hoc criminal tribunals and special courts. International law experts, survivors, and victims’ families will provide diverse perspectives and present our audience with a call to action — a victim-centered approach to justice.

avatar for Alia Malek

Alia Malek

Author and journalist

avatar for Omar Alshogre

Omar Alshogre

Syrian public speaker, human rights advocate, and Director of Detainee Affairs at Syrian Emergency Task Force
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Alexandra Lily Kather

Lawyer, intersectional justice advocate, and Co-Founder of the Emergent Justice Collective
avatar for Wafa Mustafa

Wafa Mustafa

Journalist, activist, and advocate for Syria’s disappeared

Wednesday May 25, 2022 15:00 - 16:00 CEST
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