Accountability in Syria: Achieving Transitional Justice in a Postconflict Society


Mai El-Sadany

Legal and Judicial Director

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy

Mohammed Alaa Ghanem

Syrian Academic and Pro-democracy Campaigner

Radwan Ziadeh

Senior Fellow

Arab Center Washington DC


Headshot of Khalil E. Jahshan

Khalil E. Jahshan

Executive Director

Arab Center Washington DC

About the event

On February 5, 2020, Arab Center Washington DC held a panel discussion on the challenges of achieving transitional justice in Syria. Panelists included Mai El-Sadany, Legal and Judicial Director at The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy; Mohammed Alaa Ghanem, Syrian Academic and Pro-democracy Campaigner; and Radwan Ziadeh, Senior Fellow at Arab Center Washington DC. The event was based on the book recently published by Roman & Littlefield, Accountability in Syria: Achieving Transitional Justice in a Postconflict Society, edited by Ziadeh with contributions by El-Sadany and Ghanem. Khalil E. Jahshan moderated the discussion.

About the book

Gross violations of International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Laws have been committed in Syria. After a full cessation of violence, launching transitional justice processes will signal to the victims that those responsible for committing these crimes will be brought to reparation and that the time of impunity is over. This book discusses the available options of justice and how accountability will be achieved through international systems and a new hybrid court system.



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Wednesday February 5, 2020