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7 November 2018, 17:30-19:00
Register start 15 October 2018
Register end 6 November 2018


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Forced Displacement and Demographic Engineering in Syria


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In the context of the 2018 Geneva Peace Week and in partnership with the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), this event will address forced displacement and demographic engineering in Syria.

On this occasion, a high-level panel composed of international experts, as well as Syrian civil society actors, will discuss two major issues:

  • The systematic patterns of forced displacement and legislative and policy frameworks demonstrating demographic engineering in Syria, with a view to assessing their compliance with international humanitarian and human rights law
  • Pitfalls and challenges in any upcoming reconstruction and return plan, with a view to suggesting recommendations to the international community, in light of past experience in other countries.

Opening remarks

  • Natacha Bracq, IBAHRI Programme Lawyer
  • Marco Sassòli, Director, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights


  • Barbara McCallin, Senior expert on forced displacement, housing, land and property


  • Emma Beals, Independent journalist and analyst, European Institute of Peace
  • Toby Cadman, UK Barrister, Guernica 37
  • Ibrahim Olabi, Executive Director, Syrian Legal Development Programme (SLDP)
  • Marco Sassòli, Director, Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
  • Amr Shannan, Syrian Expert
  • Rhodri Williams, Senior Legal Expert, International Legal Assistance Consortium


You need to register to attend this event via this online form.


The event will be followed by a drinks reception.


Villa Moynier, 120B Rue de Lausanne, Geneva


Public Transport

Tram 15, tram stop Butini

Bus 1 or 25, bus stop Sécheron

Access for People with Disabilities

Villa Moynier is accessible to people with disabilities. If you have a disability or any additional needs and require assistance in order to participate fully, please email info[at]geneva-academy.ch


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