The armed conflict in the Syrian Arab Republic, one of the most severe humanitarian crises in the world, has been ongoing for a decade. Many parties have committed atrocities and continue to do so with virtual impunity. Human rights violations of such a large scale can only take place with a great network of support. States and important non-state actors, such as multinational corporations, have assisted in the mass atrocities that have been committed since the outbreak of the conflict in 2011. This raises questions in respect of their potential accountability, including the following:

  • What evidence is there for companies and States assisting in the commission of mass atrocities in the Syria conflict?
  • What are the options of realizing criminal and civil accountability for aiders and abettors in the – future - Syrian legal order and in other national justice systems?
  • What are the chances of international accountability at existing international courts (ECHR and ICJ, especially)?

Rethinking SLIC* invites you to join us on June 18th 2021 at a seminar on modes of secondary liability for crimes committed within the Syrian conflict. At this virtual event, Rethinking SLIC* -researcher Ahmad Al Zien will present the results of his NWO-funded HESTIA research-project on secondary liability for mass atrocities in the Syrian conflict. Other experts on Syria and/or secondary liability for international crimes will complete the panel and will address both substantive and procedural issues in a pathway to accountability at either the national or international level.



Tomas Hamilton, Researcher, Rethinking SLIC* (chair)

Ahmad Al Zien, Researcher, Rethinking SLIC*

Antonia Klein, ECCHR

Ibrahim Al-Kasem, ECCHR, Caesar Files Group

Joëlle Trampert, PhD Researcher, Rethinking SLIC*


Event details:

Date & time: June 18th 15:00 – 17:00 (CET)

Venue: Zoom

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