Issue Brief Jun 14, 2022
Attacks on hospitals from Syria to Ukraine: Improving prevention and accountability mechanisms
By Elise Baker, Gissou Nia
When Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, it soon began implementing one of its frequent—and criminal—tactics that it had already been using in its military intervention in Syria: bombing healthcare and medical facilities.
New AtlanticistMay 25, 2023
How to hold the Assad regime accountable, even as countries normalize relations with Syria
By Elise Baker
There remains a slate of accountability tools for Syria, and certain avenues for seeking accountability may even be expanding with normalization.
Elise Baker is a staff lawyer for the Strategic Litigation Project. She provides legal support to the project, which seeks to include legal tools in foreign policy, with a focus on prevention and accountability efforts for atrocity crimes, human-rights violations, terrorism, and corruption offenses.
Previously, Baker worked at the Center for Justice and Accountability, supporting survivors’ efforts to pursue justice for severe human-rights abuses and atrocity crimes in US courts and international accountability mechanisms. She also previously led Physicians for Human Rights’ Syria Mapping Project, using a combined open-source and field-source research methodology to document attacks on Syria’s health care system. In addition, Baker has worked with the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism on Syria and has investigated human-rights and environmental violations at agricultural developments in Liberia.
Baker received her JD from UC Berkeley Law and her BA in mathematics and political science from Williams College. She has researched and published on human-rights and atrocity crimes investigations, including on secondary trauma in open-source investigations.