Protecting cultural property in Syria: New opportunities for States to enhance compliance with international law?

The war in Syria has lasted for six years and has led to massive destruction and loss of life. Stymieing international peace efforts from the outset, there is increasing doubt that the conflict will reach a resolution or political settlement in the near future. This frustration has triggered an appetite among States, civil society and the international community for finite and concrete measures that can contribute to greater protection and compliance with international law.

About the author

Polina Levina Mahnad
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Polina Levina Mahnad is a member of the International Committee of the Blue Shield’s roster of experts on cultural property protection in armed conflict.