Conversation with Catherine Marchi-Uhel at a conference on international justice in Dakar

Catherine Marchi-Uhel, the Head of the IIIM, attended an international justice conference on October 26 2021, in Dakar. In conversation with Philipp Ambach, the ICC’s Chief of the Victims Participation and Reparations, the discussion covered the work of the IIIM, its applicability to the context of West Africa, and current features in the international justice scene.

To access the French language conference report, click here.
To access the English language conference report, click here.
Arabic copy to follow shortly.

United Nations Security Council Arria-formula meeting on accountability in the Syrian Arab Republic

Head of the IIIM briefs the UN Security Council Arria Formula. Sponsored by Council members, Estonia, France, United Kingdom and the United States, with additional co-sponsors Belgium, Canada, Germany, Georgia, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, Qatar, Sweden and Turkey.  On the need for increased efforts by the Council to establish full accountability for the most serious international crimes committed in the Syrian Arab Republic.

For the concept note of this event, click here.

To watch the event’s video, click here.

Catherine Marchi-Uhel on the UN Podcast

Ten years after the beginning of the Syrian Civil War, the political process continues to be frozen in Syria. In this setting, bringing justice to the victims becomes synonymous with the alleviation of suffering. It is for this reason that the United Nations General Assembly decided in 2016 to create a mechanism, the IIIM, to investigate the most serious crimes committed in the country. Since 2017, the IIIM has worked tirelessly to collect evidence of these crimes before passing it to national courts that might decide to prosecute war crimes committed in Syria. This is how millions of documents are analysed by the team, which is headquartered in a mansion located right next to the Palais des Nations in the Ariana Park in Geneva.

Catherine Marchi-Uhel is the head of the International, Impartial and Independent investigation Mechanism into the most serious crimes committed in Syria, and she is our guest of the week.

Listen to this podcast here. The podcast is in the French language.

la vigie des crimes en Syrie


The French newspaper Le Monde recently featured an insightful article on the IIIM, with a focus on its impact as a justice facilitator. In an interview with IIIM Head, Catherine Marchi-Uhel, the article delves into the challenges and achievements of the organization since Ms. Marchi-Uhel assumed the role as its first head in 2017.

Le Monde traces the evolution of the IIIM from its establishment in 2016 to its current pivotal role, serving as crucial support to jurisdictions investigating and prosecuting perpetrators of core international crimes and violations in Syria. Ms. Marchi-Uhel emphasizes, in her interview, the international collaboration that the IIIM has fostered, highlighting the evidence it has meticulously collected and its close engagement with Syria’s civil society, in particular its victim/survivor associations.

For further details of the IIIM’s approach and contribution, we invite you to read the full article here.