Cases & Deals

Prosecuting crimes of destruction of cultural heritage in Syria

Clients Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG)

As Syria struggles to resolve a violent internal conflict, valuable cultural property and heritage is being destroyed. Several Jones Day offices came together to help the Public International Law and Policy Group ("PILPG") understand the scope of protection afforded to cultural property under international and domestic law. PILPG is a non-profit organization providing pro bono legal services to states and governments involved in peace negotiations, drafting post-conflict constitutions, and prosecuting war criminals. Jones Day produced a comprehensive memorandum for PILPG identifying potential sources of law for prosecuting crimes of destruction of cultural property, including the Hague Convention, the Geneva Conventions, the Rome Statute, and customary international law. The memorandum also analyzes whether a criminal prosecution for destruction of cultural property could be brought under each international authority in context of the current conflict in Syria.