ICC and International Justice Mechanisms
Peace Negotiations and Mediation
Sexual Violence in Conflict
Lawyering for Change: Q&A with Joumana Seif on Syria The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy Apr 29, 2021
Words against Silence Syrian Center for Legal Studies and Research March 2020
Assad’s henchmen: The painstaking hunt for Syrian war criminals in Europe The New Arab July 30, 2020
Can Syrian sexual violence survivors get justice in Germany? Deutsche Welle DW.com June 2020
Joumana Seif (@SeifJoumana) is a Syrian activist and lawyer. She is a Research Fellow with the International Crimes and Accountability program at the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin. She co-authored, with Wejdan Nassif, Words against Silence, a report on the imprisonment of activists in Syria.
She is a co-founder of the Syrian Women’s Network and the Syrian Women’s Political Movement—Syria’s first women-led political movement. Joumana is also the Chairperson of The Day After , an organization founded in 2012 to support a democratic transition in Syria.
Joumana comes from a politically active family. Her father, a dissident Member of Parliament, went to prison multiple times for his criticism of the Assad regime, and the family’s textile factory was taxed into bankruptcy. In 2012, Joumana fled to Berlin, Germany, where she works to bring women’s voices into peace negotiations and to end the devastating war in Syria. Since 2017, she has worked with the International Crimes and Accountability program of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, focusing on sexual and gender-based violence committed in Syrian detention facilities.