Justice for International Crimes in Syria?
Achievements and challenges for an unprecedented international institution: the United Nations “3IM”.
A conversation with Judge Catherine Marchi-Uhel, head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism for the investigation and prosecution of persons responsible for the most serious crimes in Syria since 2011.
Moderated by Antoine Bernard, lecturer at Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs.
The International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism was created in 2016 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.
Neither a prosecutor’s office nor a court, the IIIM collects and analyses information and evidence of international crimes committed in Syria: it seeks to support accountability processes aimed at bringing about justice for the victims of serious international crimes committed in Syria since March 2011.
An unprecedented type of UN body, the IIIM is to date the only States-created international body to support judicial efforts toward accountability for authors of international crimes perpetrated in Syria since the uprisal in 2011.
Previously a judge with the UN administration in Kosovo, the extraordinary Chambers in the courts of Cambodia and Head of Chambers at ICTY, also UN Ombudsperson for the Security Council Committee concerning Da’esh, Al-Qaida and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities, Catherine Marchi-Uhel was nominated on 3 July 2017 by Antonio Guterres.