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 reports are available:
Research by A. Al Zien (Syria Legal Network-NL)
Edited by students Philippa Lumley and Alexander Foster (War Reparations Center, University of Amsterdam)
Syrian property is managed by a land registration system called the ‘land cadaster’, which comes from a mixture of the French and Ottoman property systems. Physical documents are often the only form of proof available and accepted as evidence to prove property ownership. Whilst there is some digitization of records, which commenced in 2010, this only occurs for new property transactions, meaning the majority of property records remain un-digitized. The conflict in Syria has resulted in damaged and destroyed land registry offices, causing the Syrian government to find ways to preserve property records either by relying on these new digital means or reconstituting the old physical documents. This has meant that real estate records generally, and land registries in particular, have been particularly susceptible to disruption and damage during the ongoing conflict. The effect of this destruction could have catastrophic consequences for the system of property ownership in Syria.
Access to Justice for Victims of Coalition airstrikes in Iraq The right to truth and the duty to investigate
Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes in Southeast Turkey 2015-2016 Access to Justice for Victims
Palestinians and the Israeli Court System: Litigating Violations of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law before Israeli Courts