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Syria Background

From 2006 to 2011, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) implemented a program to enhance Syria’s legal education system and to support development of the legal profession. Through the initiative, ABA ROLI established a foundation for the integration of clinical and experiential learning at Damascus University College of Law, linked faculty with counterparts in the region and trained lawyers.

In 2013, ABA ROLI released a report documenting abuses against Syrians displaced by the conflict that began in March 2011. The report is based on quantitative and qualitative analyses of interviews with about 900 randomly interviewed Syrians currently living in Jordan and Lebanon and examines why they fled their homes. The report also looks at possible perpetrators of these abuses as well as international human rights and humanitarian-law violations.

In September 2014, ABA ROLI began a program to work alongside civil society and international non-governmental organizations to train Turkish lawyers to deliver legal awareness sessions and legal consultations to Syrian refugees who live outside of camps in Turkey.