Crossing the red line: The use of chemical weapons in Syria and what should happen now

The use of chemical weapons in the armed conflict in Syria has attracted universal and widespread condemnation and has led to unified responses by various international bodies. This article examines the international community's responses to chemical weapons use in Syria from the perspective of international law. It also analyzes the potential options for accountability that are available for chemical weapons-related crimes.

About the author

Yasmin Naqvi
Immediate Office of the Registrar of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals

Dr Yasmin Naqvi is an international lawyer currently serving as Legal Officer in the Immediate Office of the Registrar of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. She previously worked for the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Court, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Graduate Institute of International Studies, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Dr Naqvi holds a PhD and a Master’s degree in public international law from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva, and BA and LLB (Honours) degrees from the University of Tasmania, Australia. She is a legal practitioner of the Supreme Court of Tasmania.