Webinar “The role of the international community in the postconflict justice and humanitarian recovery. Syrian lessons”

1July 2020


  • Wayne Jordash, Managing Partner, Global Rights Compliance LLP
  • Ibrahim Olabi, Barrister at Guernica 37 Chambers and Founder of the Syrian Legal Development Programme

Moderator: Maria Tomak, human rights activist, Advocacy Advisor at the Global Rights Compliance LLP, expert of the USAID Human Rights in Action Program.

The war in Syria has become one of the main challenges of the recent decade for the region as well for the whole world, a place where numerous crimes against humanity and war crimes are taking place. As soon as armed clashes drew to a close, Syrians as well as the international community faced the problem of the post-conflict process, in particular, humanitarian reconstruction. 

Managing Partner at the Global Rights Compliance LLP Wayne Jordash has been engaged in working with business and civil society to ensure that reconstruction efforts in Syria are conducted with respect for human rights and in compliance with international humanitarian law standards. 

Ibrahim Olabi is a lawyer (Barrister) at Guernica 37, International Justice Chambers in London. He is the founder of the Syrian Legal Development Programme (SLDP), an organisation that works on human rights in Syria, particularly business crime. Ibrahim worked as a consultant for the UN and the International Bar Association on Syria related matters. 

Within the webinar of UHHRU our guests are going to talk on their experience and the discussion which is taking place among international humanitarian law professionals on what should go first – humanitarian recovery or justice and prosecution of those committed war crimes and crimes against humanity. The choice of priorities defines in many ways the postconflict scenario, which is important to understand for Ukraine as well. Wayne and Ibrahim will also comment on the role of the international community in attempts of Syria to go back to the normal life, potential of the universal jurisdictions when it comes to the crimes committed in Syria, engagement of the Russian Federation in the Syrian war and how NGOs advocate for the sanctions in relation to the human rights abuses in Syria.

When: July 1, 2020, 6 pm (Kyiv time)

Attendance is free.

Registration is available at until 15:00, 30 June 2020.

!IMPORTANT! The webinar will be streamed in English on the ZOOM platform, while the Ukrainian version (simultaneous interpretation) will be available live on Facebook.

Where: ZOOM (we’ll send the link to the English-speaking viewers on the day of the webinar), Facebook: FB-page of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union and FB-page of the Mission of Ukraine’s President in Crimea

Organizers: Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union jointly with Mission of the President of Ukraine in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

For your information.

Transitional justice is a system of legal measures, judicial and non-judicial ones, used to facilitate a state’s transition from armed conflict to post-conflict period and peace by overcoming the conflict’s effects and putting safeguards in place that would prevent the conflict’s recurrence in the future. Transitional justice includes such areas as reparations for conflict-affected population, impartial administration of justice for war criminals, truthful reporting of facts and incidents throughout the conflict as well as institutional reforms aimed at building a peaceful future. Each country that has gone through an armed conflict develops its own customized model of transitional justice, adapting the experience of other states and best practices to its particular situation. Learn more about the Ukrainian model here: It’s currently being finalized by the Working Group for the Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories of the Commission for Legal Reform under the President of Ukraine.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID Ukraine – USAID Україна) in the framework of the Human Rights in Action Program implemented by the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union.

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