ILAC continued the public launch of our 2017 Syria Rule of Law Assessment report this month with an event in Berlin hosted by the German Bar Association.
ILAC’s Rule of Law Assessment Report, Syria 2017 provides a baseline for future reconciliation efforts with a comprehensive, publicly available account of the current state of the Syrian justice sector.
The July 14th event featured ILAC’s Executive Director, Agneta Johansson, as well as Stefan von Raumer, lawyer and member of the German Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee. Both were experts on ILAC’s Syria assessment mission.
The German Bar Association’s Executive Director, Dr. Cord Brügman, chaired the event and was joined by Adrian Pollmann, Head of Syria & Lebanon Team of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office.
The German Bar Association is an ILAC member.
In November and December 2016, ILAC’s nine-person 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 neighboring countries due to the conflict. The team examined the justice sector as it stood before the uprisings in 2011 and used this as a starting point for a comparison of the situation today throughout the country.