The Syrian Legal Development Programme (SLDP) was established in 2013 and operates as a non-aligned, non- governmental organisation. The idea of SLDP emerged as a result of the Syrian conflict, which erupted in 2011, after realising the importance of addressing complex legal needs triggered by conflicts.
These needs concern both the country as a whole and different stakeholders in the conflict. It is of utmost importance to address legal voids in order to prevent major human rights violations and uphold the rule of law, and this is particularly complex in conflict areas.
Different stakeholders, such as humanitarian workers and NGOs, civil society organizations, temporary institutions and the general public have many and various legal needs. Addressing these needs for Syrians is a task with huge challenges due to the ever changing dynamics of the conflict. SLDP has made its mission to utilise its legal expertise and contextual knowledge to address current and developing legal needs in Syria.
Through its team of researchers, lawyers, trainers and human rights advocates, SLDP’s mandate is to promote human rights and the rule of law to minimise the negative humanitarian consequences of the Syrian conflict.
_____ INTERNATIONAL LAW, LANGUAGE AND ACCESS
SLDP offers a unique combination of legal expertise, field analysis and academic research which it combines with its political knowledge and strategic thinking. We understand the practical challenges facing those working in such areas, and have strong language abilities, cultural and political understanding which enables us to adapt to the ever changing and risky dynamics of this conflict.
Through SLDP’s widespread links with leading experts in international law and its strong ties and networks with different international and local organizations and institutions worldwide, we have been able to offer high quality consultations and training to those in need, on a variety of legal topics such as International Humanitarian Law, International Human Rights Law, Public International Law and International Criminal Law.
OUR SCOPE OF WORK
_____ FROM THE FIELD TO THE POLICY MAKERS AND BACK!
SLDP’s scope of work embraces a variety of services, projects and activities that are implemented either in Syria itself, neighbouring countries and other states that are involved or have a stake in the conflict. We also hold events and research activities worldwide.
We believe strongly in the rule of law and SLDP utilises international law as its main legal instrument. Issues related to Syria’s domestic laws, or any other domestic jurisdictions that are relevant to the conflict in Syria, do not fall within the scope of work of SLDP unless related to international law.
Our scope of work includes:
_____ TAILORED TO THE NEED
SLDP prides itself on the exceptional quality and variety of its projects. All our projects are specifically tailored in order to meet the needs of both organizations and individuals working on the ground in conflict areas, address wider legal voids and gaps often found in conflicts as well as empower the communities affected with the development of the rule of law.
SLDP’s projects are either our initiative or come as a result of a specific request or need from a partner.
These projects address legal voids found by our team that are vital to be addressed during conflicts. They are also mostly an outcome of our analysis of the conflict dynamics, previous projects, feedback and issues triggered by specific situations. Before quality execution, our self- initiated projects go through a needs assessment that enables us to create concrete project proposals and pitch it to potential partners.
In light of its range of expertise and the diverse scope of work, SLDP is always willing and able to address specific legal requests of stakeholders who are concerned with the advancement of human rights, the rule of law, and the reduction of the suffering in Syria. The requests SLDP receive come from individuals, groups, organisations, or states. After fully analysing the need, SLDP in return provides a tailored response drawing upon it’s legal, cultural and conflict expertise.
Projects We Initiated
Projects Requested Of SLDP
_____ NEWS & MEDIA
SLDP IN THE MEDIA
Legal experts teach Syrian rebels to prevent human rights abuses - Los Angeles Times
"Several organizations are training rebels in international humanitarian law in an effort to quell human rights violations and even war crimes by opposition groups. Olabi`s organization appears to be the only one offering training inside Syria, near the front lines."
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