Report Dec 10, 2020
Closing the accountability gap on human rights violators in the Islamic Republic of Iran through global litigation strategies
By Gissou Nia
Gissou Nia presents recommendations for new laws, amendments to existing laws, and the creation of enforcement mechanisms to aid in the effort to combat impunity for the IRI’s human rights violations and atrocity crimes.
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 Atlanticist Dec 23, 2022
Congress just passed a big change to war crimes law. Here’s what it means for Ukraine and beyond.
By Gissou Nia
Now, the US can prosecute war crimes whenever the alleged perpetrator is on US soil, regardless of the perpetrator's nationality or where the crime was committed.
New AtlanticistSep 13, 2023
Twenty questions (and expert answers) about Iran one year after Mahsa Amini’s death
By Atlantic Council
A year after the twenty-two-year-old Kurdish-Iranian woman died following her arrest by authorities, Iran has changed—and is still changing—in important ways.
MENASourceMay 19, 2023
Experts react: Assad gets warm reception at Arab summit. Where does that leave the US and its allies?
By Qutaiba Idlbi, Gissou Nia, Michel Duclos, Emadeddin Badi
Atlantic Council experts react to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad's attendance at the Arab League summit in Jeddah and explain its significance below.
New AtlanticistMar 17, 2023
Experts react: The International Criminal Court just issued an arrest warrant for Putin. Will he wind up behind bars?
By Atlantic Council experts
The Russian president and the Russian commissioner for children’s rights stand accused of the war crime of abducting Ukrainian children, and more charges may follow.
Gissou Nia is the director of the Strategic Litigation Project at the Atlantic Council. The Strategic Litigation Project works on prevention and accountability efforts for atrocity crimes, human rights violations, terrorism and corruption offenses around the world.
Nia is a human rights lawyer and non-profit leader. She serves as board chair of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center where she is helping develop and oversee the group’s human rights advocacy and legal programs, which seek to promote accountability, respect for human rights and the rule of law in Iran. She previously served as the Executive Director for the group, and as the Deputy Director of the Center for Human Rights in Iran.
Nia started her career in The Hague, where she worked on war crimes and crimes against humanity trials at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court. She lectures and publishes widely on global human rights developments, as well as the rule of law in post-conflict and transitional societies.