Supporting Syrian Judges to Promote Democratic Values in Future Syria
Syrian judges played a critical role in the uprising against the Syrian Government in 2011, which resulted in that many Syrian judges who spoke up were forced to leave the country. While in exile, many of the judges still play an active role in the Syrian civil society to promote democracy and judicial independence in the future Syria. A key component of the programme is to support Syrian judges in exile, primarily residing in Turkey, through the project: “Supporting Syrian judges to promote democratic values in future Syria”, to build collegiality and help them play a more strategic part in international policy and political dialogues.
In May 201715, CEELI conducted a pilot roundtable with exiled Syrian judges in Gaziantep. The pilot informs long-term investment in Syrian judges throughout the programme. In total, 14 Syrian judgesparticipated in the session. Additionally, CEELI has connected the Syrian judges to key actors within the international communities of legal experts, including the German National Bar Association and the Central and Eastern European Judicial Network, to help break their current professional isolation.