On 15 March 2017, the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic is hosting a panel discussion to mark the release of the Commission’s report

“’I lost my dignity’: Sexual and gender-based violence in the Syrian Arab Republic”

Serena, in her capacity as a SGBV advisor to a UN Commission of Inquiry, moderates panel event at the UN in Geneva on the use of sexual violence in the Syrian conflict between 2011 and 2017. The event accompanies the release of a paper on the same topic by the commission. The paper documents patterns and trends of SGBV in the Syrian conflict and sets out where such incidents amounted to crimes against humanity, war crimes or contraventions of international human rights norms. 

After graduating from Cambridge, Serena Gates was called to the Bar in 2001 when she joined Chambers. Serena has built up a successful practice both prosecuting and defending in all types of crime including complex multi-handed cases and serious sexual offences. She has combined this with her wider international work for the United Nations and UK government departments.  She also utilizes her extensive experience of HMG in the civil cases in which she is also instructed, for example advising in relation to judicial review.