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Event: “Human Rights and Reconstruction in Syria”, with Toby Cadman

On 25 May 2018, Toby Cadman, Head and Co-founder of Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers and Member of The Guernica Group, will be discussing the complexities and human rights implications of Syria’s reconstruction. Toby will also discuss the importance that justice and accountability plays in defining a workable transitional justice strategy for the future democratic state. The event, hosted by Chatham House, “Human Rights and Reconstruction in Syria”, brings together experts in the field of foreign policy, transitional justice, business and human rights.


Date: May 25, 2018

Time: 2:30pm to 5:30pm

Venue: Chatham House

Location: 10 St James's Square, London SW1Y 4LE


Description of the event


Although the conflict in Syria continues unabated, there has already been a shift of focus onto Syria’s reconstruction. Many international actors have refused to contribute to Syria’s reconstruction until a political strategy towards settlement is negotiated. Some are unsure of how to proceed, and others have expressed interest. While Syrians are entitled to having their country rebuilt, participating in reconstruction in Syria may support the narrative that the conflict is over and thus weaken the calls for accountability and justice.


This event aims to shed light on the risks, opportunities and challenges that should be taken into account by various stakeholders such as governments, businesses and NGOs when approaching reconstruction in Syria. The event will include two panels in which speakers will address the human rights aspects of reconstruction including political and economic issues that may impact the pursuit of accountability. This event marks the launch of The Syrian Legal Development Programme Human Rights and Business Unit which aims to address human rights concerns as they arise in reconstruction in Syria.


This event is being organized by the Syrian Legal Development Programme in partnership with the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House.




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