On 21 December 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 71/248, establishing the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to assist in the investigation and prosecution of persons responsible for the most serious crimes under International Law committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011. It is more commonly referred to as “the Mechanism”, or “IIIM”.
The Mechanism’s mandate, as stated in paragraph 4 of resolution 71/248, is “to collect, consolidate, preserve and analyse evidence of violations of international humanitarian law and human rights violations and abuses and to prepare files in order to facilitate and expedite fair and independent criminal proceedings, in accordance with international law standards, in national, regional or international courts or tribunals that have or may in the future have jurisdiction over these crimes, in accordance with international law.”
The IIIM is neither a prosecutor’s office nor a court, but collects and analyses information and evidence of international crimes committed in Syria to assist criminal proceedings in national, regional or international courts or tribunals that have or may in the future have jurisdiction over these crimes.
By pursuing its mandate, the IIIM seeks to support accountability processes aimed at bringing about justice for the victims of serious international crimes committed in Syria since March 2011.
Ms. Jarvis took up her position as Deputy Head of the Mechanism in December 2017. She has worked in the international criminal justice field for over 17 years, most recently as Deputy to the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT). Prior to serving at the ICTY and MICT, she worked in legal practice in Australia, as well as with the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women. In addition to a legal career spanning 23 years, Ms. Jarvis brings to the role extensive expertise on issues concerning gender and armed conflict. She has co-authored two books on this subject and she also initiated and coordinates the Prosecuting Conflict-Related Sexual Violence Network established within International Association of Prosecutors in 2015. Ms. Jarvis is also a Co-Vice Chair of the International Bar Association’s War Crimes Committee. Ms. Jarvis holds a Master’s degree in law from the University of Toronto as well as degrees in law and economics from the University of Adelaide.
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