MENASource Mar 24, 2022
Action must be taken to award reparations to victims of Russian war crimes
By Jomana Qaddour, Celeste Kmiotek
The international community is overdue for an overhaul of the legal tools accessible to victims of state-sponsored crimes in the twenty-first century. Perhaps justice mechanisms for Ukraine and Syria can stymie such impunity once and for all.
MENASource Mar 9, 2022
The Russian invasion of Ukraine happened because the world gave Vladimir Putin a free pass in Syria
By Marwan Safar Jalani
Now that the world can finally—albeit belatedly—see Vladimir Putin for what he is, Syrians hope that the world views their plight for democracy and freedom in Syria with more solidarity.
Jomana Qaddour was a resident senior fellow with the Rafik Hariri Center and Middle East Programs, where she leads the Syria portfolio. Qaddour is a doctoral student at Georgetown University Law Center, focusing on ethno-sectarianism and its impact on constitutional frameworks in Iraq, Bosnia, and Syria. Qaddour is currently a member of the UN-facilitated Syrian Constitutional Committee, as part of the Civil Society Group. She is the co-founder of Syria Relief & Development, a humanitarian organization working in northwest Syria that has implemented over $100 million worth of aid; she also serves on the Executive Committee of the American Relief Coalition for Syria, an umbrella group of 10 Syrian American humanitarian organizations.
Qaddour previously served as a Senior Policy Analyst at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, where she covered Syria, Iraq, Egypt, and Turkey. Prior to that, she was a Senior Analyst at Caerus Associates, managing the Syria atmospherics program for the firm’s work with USAID-OTI. From 2012-2014, Jomana was a Senior Research Assistant and Publications Manager for the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy. From 2010-2012, Qaddour was an attorney at the Winston & Strawn, Washington, D.C. office working on intellectual property issues.
Qaddour has spoken on numerous panels, including the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and authored pieces in The Washington Post, The Washington Quarterly, The American Interest, The Atlantic, as well as academic journals and other think tanks. She is a member of the Truman National Security Project. Qaddour earned her BA as well as a JD with a Certificate in International Trade and Finance from the University of Kansas, and her LLM. from Georgetown University Law Center.