ILAC launched its Syria Rule of Law Assessment Report in New York at an event hosted by Sweden’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. The Swedish Deputy Permanent Representative, Ambassador Irina Schoulgin Nyoni, moderated the April 19 event.
ILAC’s new report explains how justice is administered throughout Syria after six years of conflict and provides a baseline for future reconciliation efforts with a comprehensive, publicly available account of the current state of the Syrian justice sector.
In November- December 2016, ILAC’s assessment team met with over 100 Syrian legal professionals, civil society actors and international officials. Among those interviewed were approximately 70 Syrian judges and lawyers, who included both those currently practicing law in different parts of Syria, and those who have been forced to flee to neighbouring countries due to the conflict.
ILAC’s Executive Director and Syria team leader, Agneta Johansson, along with mission experts William Meyer, lawyer and former ILAC President, and Lynn Sferazza a gender expert with the American Bar Association, presented ILAC’s methodology and key findings to the UN audience.
Swedish Sida sponsored ILAC’s Syria report’s mission and findings and we are grateful for Sweden’s ongoing support and helping ILAC launch our findings.