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War Reparations Centre

News & Events

Syria Legal Aid Project 

In the context of the Syria Legal Aid Project, the War Reparations Center and Syria Legal Network organized two training events for Syrian lawyers and lawyers from Iraq and Yemen on universal jurisdiction. Students from UvA and Leiden participated. The events took place in December 2019 and January 2020. Former ICTY prosecutor Carolyn Edgerton, a consultant for the War Reparations Center and the Nuhanovic Foundation, discussed the principles and procedures of universal jurisdiction in The Netherlands. Information contact:    

Impact of litigation in relation to Dutch atrocities (1945-1949)

On Tuesday 12 November, 2019 at 15.00-18.00, the War Reparations Centre organised a seminar and book presentation on The impacts of litigation in relation to systematic and large scale atrocities by the Dutch military Dutch East Indies/Indonesia (1945-1949). Presentation and discussion of a report by Eefje de Volder and Anne-Marie de Brouwer (Impact). With: prof Liesbeth Zegveld (UvA), Anne-Marie Brouwer and Eefje de Volder (Impact), Jeffry Pondaag (KUKB) and prof Wouter Veraart (VU). This event took place at the Amsterdam Law Hub.

Syria Legal Aid Project

In the context of the Syria Legal Aid Project, the War Reparations Center and Syria Legal Network organized the third training event for Syrian lawyers on Dutch and international refugee law. Lecturer was dr Maarten den Heijer (UvA). Date: August 16 2019. 

Universal Jurisdiction: the Case of Syria and the Launch of the 2019 UJAR Report

On 21 March the WRC hosted the annual launch of the Universal Jurisdiction report by Redress, FIDH and Trial International. 4-6 pm Room A 3.15. 

Student presentations WRC research

On Wednesday 12/12 students International Criminal Law will present their preliminary findings of their research connected to our Syria project:  the question whether the Turkish attack on Afrin constitutes the crime of aggression and whether genocide has been or is being committed in Syria. Students will also report on projects concerning accountability for violations of human rights and humanitarian law in Turkey and Iraq.

Round table on Palestine

On 11/12 the War Reparations Center organizes a round table on Business and Human Rights in Palestine: Exploring strategies for transnational litigation.

Round table: Exploring strategies for transnational litigation: the case of Coalition bombardments over Iraq

On November 6 2018, WRC organized a seminar on how victims of Coalition bombardments on Iraq obtain information through fact finding, national or international legal proceedings. 

New WRC reader

Background document: Exploring strategies for transnational litigation: the case of Iraq. Access to justice for victims of coalition air strikes: the right to truth and the duty to investigate.

Discussion on legal implications attack on Afrin, October 17

The War Reparations Centre hosts a meeting between international criminal law students and members of Syria Legal Network and Syrian activists to discuss international legal implications of the Turkish attack on Afrin and other legal questions on the conflict in Syria.

Time and location: October 17, 1-3 pm. 

Report on the impact of strategic human rights litigation - Helen Duffy

New publications

Strategic Human Rights litigation, Understanding and Maximizing Impact, by prof Helen Duffy, sponsored by the Nuhanovic Foundation and the War Reparations Centre, published by Hart Publishing. Info:

Panel discussion - The Siege of Eastern Ghouta: crimes without accountability?

A panel discussion on facts, law and diplomacy concerning Eastern Ghouta.

Topic: facts on sieges and forced displacement of civilians, failure of international law and diplomacy, and challenges for accountability.   


  • Hussam Alkatlaby, director Syrian Violations Documentation Centre (VDC) 
  • Dr Karin Wester, policy advisor Middle East & North Africa, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • Joost Hiltermann, program director Middle east & North Africa, International Crisis Group (ICG) 
  • Kevin Jon Heller, associate professor Public International Law, ACIL, UvA   

Moderator: dr. Frederiek de Vlaming (UvA)  


  • War Reparations Centre / Amsterdam Centre for International Law (ACIL),  
  • Amsterdam Students Association (ASA) international law 
  • Syria Legal Network (SLN)  

Practical information

Wednesday 2 May 2018, 17.00-19.00 hrs. 

Location:  Building A room 3.15, Roeterseiland Campus Amsterdam  

The armed conflict in Syria: international law and accountability for war crimes

The War Reparations Centre has conducted four applied research projects in 2017. The following three reports are now available:  

  • The Syria Reader with more than 50 international legal instruments, texts, decisions and judgements relevant to understand the legal implications of the armed conflict in Syria.
  • The Ten Legal Questions discussing ten most basic legal questions on the Syrian conflict.
  • The Law Clinic research report on Sieges and Forced Population Transfers: from facts to accountability

The reports are the fruits of our cooperation with ACIL, the Syria Legal Network, students, and PAX. The project has been sponsored by Amsterdam University Fund, the Nuhanovic Foundation, Amnesty International and PAX.  

Seminar: the work of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria, October 25

The WRC hosts a half a day seminar with members of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria.


Conference: Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes in Southeast Turkey 2015-2016

The WRC is organising an international conference on accountability of the Turkish state for international crimes committed in Southeast Turkey in 2015 and 2016. The two-day event brings together Turkish and Turkish-Kurdish lawyers and international legal experts to analyze national, European and international mechanisms responding to international crimes committed by the Turkish state.

WRC interns receive AUF grant for Syria research project

The Amsterdam University Fund awarded WRC interns a grant for their research project Ten legal questions, a legal guide into the Syria conflict.

Lecture: Prosecuting Syrian war crimes before European courts - May 29, 2017

Lecture by Wolfgang Kaleck, director of the ECCHR, about the criminal complaint submitted against six high-level officials of the Syrian Military Intelligence Service to the Office of the Federal Prosecutor, and the potential effects and impact of the case. 

Lecture: The legal labyrinth of the Syrian conflict - April 19, 2017

Special lecture by Terry Gill, professor of military law at the University of Amsterdam. The lecture is followed by the launching of the Syria Legal Database, an up to date collection of reports and academic articles on legal analysis of the Syrian conflict, put together by UvA students international humanitarian law and interns of the War Reparations Centre. Read more.    

Drones database on line

Check our new War Reparations database on drones with reports, academic articles, cases and legal instruments!

FdR students visit Jihad trial with Syrian lawyers

On February 8, UvA students and Syrian lawyers, all members of the Syria Legal Network-NL, will attend the trial against Martijn Latief Yusuf N., the ‘Syrië-ganger’ who is accused of participating in preparations of a terrorist attack by IS.

Syria research project with UvA Law Clinic

UvA students in international humanitarian law and Syrian lawyers of the Syria Legal Network-NL cooperate in a research group on ‘Syrian war crimes and options for prosecution’. The project is supervised by the War Reparations Centre and the Law Clinic.

Since 2012 the Syrian government and opposition groups have agreed on several ‘evacuation deals’ that allow civilians and fighters to leave besieged areas. While the Syrian government regards the deals as reconciliation agreements, others view them as compulsory displacement aiming at reshaping the demographic structure of the country. This research is concerned about the contents of the agreements, their legality under international and national law, and the arrangements for restitution or compensation of property. The research report will be discussed during a round table at the end of June 2017. 

Round Table ‘Strategic Human Rights Litigation’ – 17-18 February 2017

Prof. Helen Duffy (Leiden University) will present her report on the impact of strategic human rights litigation. The event is organized by the War Reparations Centre and the Nuhanovic Foundation. More information can be found here.

Lecture: The situation in Syria and accountability for international crimes

Lecture by Syrian human rights lawyer Anwar Al-Bunni. Wednesday the 14th of December, 4-5.30 pm, Amnesty International, Keizersgracht 177, 1016 DR Amsterdam.

Organized by War Reparations Centre,  Nuhanovic Foundation, Syria Legal, Amnesty International.

National & International Criminal Prosecution in the context of Transitional Justice

Lecture by Muhanad Abulhusn, Syrian human rights activist and expert on transitional justice who worked for EUROMED Human Rights Network and the Syria Justice and Accountability Center.

Wednesday October 26 2016, from 4 -5.15 pm in room A1.18C, Oudemanhuispoort.

Visiting researcher Dr Goldie Osuri joins WRC

Visiting researcher Dr Goldie Osuri, Associate Professor in Sociology of the University of Warwick (Coventry, UK) is temporarily joining the WRC for her research project on the Effective Human Rights Mechanisms and State Sovereignty in Kashmir.

Scholarship for Kate Clark

Our research fellow Kate Clark has been awarded the Faculty of Law's Hijmans-scholarship for her PhD on Responsibilities for Reparations in International Law. The WRC congratulates Kate! Prof. Liesbeth Zegveld and Prof. Harmen van der Wilt are Kate’s PhD supervisors.

Apply for an internship at WRC

WRC interns have successfully concluded their internships and we invite new students to apply for internships for the 2016 – 2017 year! See Internships.

Report on Accountability for Sexual Violence in Horn of Africa

In cooperation with Legal Action Worldwide and the Nuhanovic Foundation we just published a Report on Accountability for Sexual Violence in Horn of Africa. This is a report on accountability for sexual violence by armed men in uniform in South Sudan. The report provides an overview of the context of the violence and explains how the problem is addressed by formal and customary legal systems in South Sudan. It also exposes the current gaps in addressing sexual violence and offers recommendations as to how these should be tackled. The report is available on the Sudan reports page of the Nuhanovic Foundation.

War Reparations and Litigation: the case of Bosnia

This reports is based on a round table held at the UvA Law Faculty in April 2014 and offers a detailed study on the question whether litigation can be effective in securing reparations for civilian victims of the Bosnian War. The report includes chapters on the institutional and legal frameworks for litigation as well as up to date jurisprudence on war reparations. Hard copies available at the WRC, room E2.11 or see the pdf version on the Nuhanovic Foundation website.

Two excellent Master's theses on war reparations by UvA students

Two UvA students finalized their Master's studies with excellent theses on war reparations! Tosca Urbanus wrote about Reparations for conflict related sexual violence before the International Criminal Court. Annemarie van Zeeland compared three reparations cases in her thesis Victim participation and reparation in international crimes cases, lessons to be learned from the victims’ perspectives.
Are you planning to write your Master's thesis on reparations? You may win the Nuhanovic thesis prize and win 250 Euro! Contact for further information.

Accountability for war crimes: the case of Syria

A lecture by Mohammad Al Abdallah, Executive Director of the Syria Justice and Accountability Centre. On Friday, 26 August 2016.

Syria Legal Network.NL

The War Reparations Centre is partner in the Syria Legal Network.NL and participates in the network’s Syria International Justice Project. This project provides training in the field of international criminal law, transitional justice and war reparations, assistance to enter international summer courses, and the organization of visits to international justice institutions in the Netherlands, internships and lectures for Syrian lawyers and human rights activists.

International People’s Tribunal on Indonesia 1965: judgement due on 20 July: special event

Seminar on the occasion of the reading of the judgement of the IPT ‘65.

Join us on Facebook 

The War Reparations Centre and the Nuhanovic Foundation recently formed the War Reparations Project. Join our new Facebook page and stay up to date of the latest developments, jurisprudence, academic articles, lectures and other special events.

War reparations database updated

In cooperation with the Nuhanovic Foundation we are permanently updating and developing our war reparations database. We are currently working on new databases for Iraq, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Colombia and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and our Strategic Human Rights Litigation project. Visit our database for an updated collection of reports, articles, jurisprudence and books on war reparations.