Deyaa Alrwishdi (@deyaa_alrwishdi) is a Syrian lawyer with an LL.M from American University Washington College of Law. Prior to the Syrian conflict, Mr. Alrwishdi served as a legal deputy at the Syrian Construction and Establishment Institute. As a lawyer, Mr. Alrwishdi worked at the national and international levels to defend victims of human rights violations in Syria, including directly defending activists arrested at protests and documenting violations and atrocities across Syria. Seeking to achieve a greater systematic impact, Mr. Alrwishdi founded the Free Syrian Lawyers Association (FSLA), a diaspora network of legal practitioners working to train other lawyers in human rights and reform the Syrian justice system in order to lay a foundation for a transition to rule of law. He is a recipient of the Rubin International Human Rights Award from Stanford Law School. Most recently, Mr. Alrwishdi founded the Center for Rule of Law and Good Governance with the goal of amplifying the voices of Syrian civil society and working towards the transition to justice in post-conflict situations.
April 12, 2018