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Last modified: February 16, 2014 14:02:18.

08.00-09.00 Registration

09.00 Welcome Addresses and Opening Keynote

  • Welcome Address by the President of Qatar University, Professor Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad
  • Address by Guest of Honor, his Excellency, the Qatari Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Khalid bin Mohammad Al Attiyah
  • Address by Dean of the College of Law, Dr Hassan Okour
  • Address by the Qatari Branch of the International Law Association, President Dr Talal Abdulla Al-Emadi; Assistant Professor, College of Law, Qatar University

Keynote Speech by Professor Ambassador Abdallah Alashaal - Former deputy of the Egyptian Foreign Minister
The Complex Relationship of Law and Politics in the Syrian Crisis

10.30 - 11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 Public International Law Panel

Chair: Hassan Okour; Dean of the College of Law, Qatar University


Vera Gowlland-Debbas
Emeritus Professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva (Switzerland) and Visiting Professor at University College London (UK)
Collective Security and International Law: Background to the Syrian Crisis

Larry D. Johnson
Adjunct Professor of Law, Columbia Law School (US)
"Uniting for Peace" in the Syrian Crisis: Can/Should the General Assembly Take Action if the Security Council Fails to Act Because of a Veto?

Lori Fisler Damrosch
Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy; Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization, Columbia Law School (US)
The Interaction Between the Law of the U.N. Charter and the Constitutional Law of Potential Intervenors

Nina H. B. Jørgensen
Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, Chinese University of Hong Kong
The Concept of State Crimes in the Context of the Syrian Crisis

12.30-13.30 Lunch Break

13.30 Responsibility to Protect Panel

Chair: Khawar Qureshi; Head of Chambers, QATAR, McNair Chambers


Ibrahim Al Jazi
Associate Professor of International Law, Faculty of Law, University of Jordan (Jordan)
R2P in the Syrian Context

Ademola Abass
Head of Peace and Security Program & Research Fellow; United Nations University Institute for Comparative Regional Integration Studies (Bruges, Belgium)
The Residual Responsibility to Protect and the Syrian Crisis

Jay Alexander Hilton Bulter
Visiting Associate Professor of Law
George Washington University (US)
Syria, Complicity and Post-Conflict Responsibility

15.00-15.30 Coffee Break

15.30 International Human Rights Law Panel

Chair: Adamantia Rachovitsa; Assistant Professor of International Law, College of Law, Qatar University

Christian Henderson
Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Liverpool (UK)
The Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria: The Best Hope for Legal Accountability?

Marina Lostal
Post-Doc Caja Madrid Scholar – Erik Castrén Institute - University of Helsinki (Finland)
Secondary Rules, Primary Concerns: Syria and the Creation of a Culture of Respect of Cultural Heritage Obligations

19.30 Official Dinner


08.00-09.00 Registration

09.00 International Humanitarian Law Panel

Chair: Yaser Khalaileh; Associate Professor of International Law, College of Law, Qatar University


Fadl Shoukfih
Head of the Syrian Network for Human Rights
Violations of International Humanitarian Law in Syria: Facts and Figures

Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov
Professor of International Law; Judge of the Appeals Chamber, UN ICTR and ICTY
Constitutional Headaches and Hidden Resources

Tilman Rodenhäuser
Researcher, Graduate Institute of International Law and Development Studies in Geneva (Switzerland)
International Legal Obligations of Armed Opposition Groups in Syria

10.30-11.00 Coffee Break

11.00 International Criminal Law Panel

Chair: Mohamad Hosam Hafez; Assistant Professor of International Law, College of Law, Qatar University


Carsten Stahn
Professor of International Criminal Law and Global Justice, Leiden University (The Netherlands)
Between 'Warfare' and 'Lawfare': Syria and the Discourse on Intervention and Punishment

Professor Olympia Bekou
Professor of Public International Law, School of Law, University of Nottingham (UK); Head of the International Criminal Justice
Unit, University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre
Justice for Atrocities in Syria: Prospects and Challenges

Annika Jones
Lecturer in Law, University of Exeter (UK)
Individual Criminal Responsibility for the Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria: An Examination of the Current Legal Framework

Michael A. Newton
Professor of the Practice of Law, Vanderbilt Law school (US)
Law, Legitimacy, and Lustration: Prosecuting War Crimes in Syria

12.30-13.30 Lunch Break

13.30 Syrian Crisis & the International World Order

Chair: Mazhar Ahmad Al-Zo'by, Assistant Professor of International Affairs, Department of International Affairs, Qatar University

Adnan Hayajneh
Professor of Political Science, Department of International Affairs, Qatar University
Regional and International Order after the Syrian Crisis

Ibrahim Mohammed Arafat
Professor of Political Science, Cairo University (Egypt); Lecturer at Qatar Foundation
Syria and the World: The Drama of Two Clashing Disorders

Mahjoob Zweiri
Chair of the Humanities Department, Qatar University
The Arab Awakening and Syria: Is it a Formation of a New Regional Order?

15.00-15.30 Concluding remarks/Closing conference

16.00 Social Program