ExpertiseConflict Prevention and Early Warning Systems
Conflict Resolution and Peace-building
Democracy and Political Participation
Detainees and forcibly disappeared
Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration
ICC and International Justice Mechanisms
International Security, Terrorism
Peace Negotiations and Mediation
Refugees, Migration, IDPs
Sexual Violence in Conflict
Women Human Rights Defenders
International Law Expert Sheila Paylan on Nagorno-Karbakh: ‘We Need to Step Up and Stop This’ Jurist News Oct 30, 2023
Ratified, Unsatisfied: Addressing Ongoing Concerns About Armenia Joining the ICC EVN Report Oct 11, 2023
Whose Sovereignty Is It Anyway? Armenia’s ICC Bid For Justice with Sheila Paylan On Shifting Ground Podcast Oct 9, 2023
Faith No More: Azerbaijan’s Abdication of Duty Towards the Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh OpinioJuris Sep 27, 2023
Refugees Flee to Armenia as Breakaway Enclave Comes Under Azerbaijan’s Control New York Times Sep 24, 2023
Pashinyan says Armenians should stay in Karabakh EurasiaNet Sep 22, 2023
A Peace to Fail All Peace EVN Report Jul 25, 2023
Why deepening Russia-Azerbaijan ties should worry the United States Atlantic Council Jul 13, 2023
Small Countries, Huge Stakes in Armenia-Azerbaijan Talks Opinion Newsweek May 12, 2023
Do the Armenians Face a Second Genocide? Opinion Newsweek Dec 24, 2022
Sheila Paylan ( @SheilaPaylan ) is an expert in international criminal law, human rights and gender, and former legal advisor to the United Nations across countries and regions. She spent more than 15 years advising judges and senior officials of various UN-backed international criminal tribunals, including for Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.
From 2019 to 2021, she was appointed by the UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights as the Legal Advisor and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Specialist to a Team of International Experts mandated to assist the judicial and military authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo with investigating and prosecuting war crimes, crimes against humanity, and gross human rights violations.
Now based in Yerevan, she regularly consults for a variety of international organizations, NGOs, think tanks and governments, and has published extensively on the subjects of international justice, human rights, self-determination, and the responsibility to protect, particularly in the geopolitical context of the South Caucasus.