The Promise Institute presents The UN Security Council Veto and Atrocity Crimes


Ambassador David Scheffer and Mohammad Al Abdallah join Professor Jennifer Trahan to discuss her new book: Existing Legal Limits to Security Council Veto Power in the Face of Atrocity Crimes. With a particular focus on the situation in Syria, the panel will discuss the use of the UN Security Council veto to block action in the face of atrocities and the impact this has had in Syria. It will go on to consider whether there are legal limits on the use of the veto in the case of ongoing crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide, and how these limits might be enforced.


  • Jennifer Trahan, Clinical Professor and Director of the Concentration in International Law & Human Rights, NYU Center for Global Affairs
  • Mohammad Al Abdallah, Executive Director, Syrian Justice and Accountability Center
  • David Scheffer, former US war crimes Ambassador

Moderated by Asli Ü. Bâli, Professor of Law and Faculty Director of the Promise Institute for Human Rights, UCLA Law.

The panel is hosted by the Promise Institute for Human Rights at the UCLA School of Law.

The panel will take place at 12:10 pm PST / 3:10 pm EST.

Date and Location

Friday, November 20, 2020 - 3:10pm to 4:10pm