You are here

The fight of a lifetime: Human rights in Syria

Syrian lawyer and international women's rights campaigner Laila Alodaat tells John van der Luit-Drummond how she was stripped of her right to practise in her native country, and how lawyers have been targeted by the Assad regime

19 April 2016

'I've met people who think refugees are the biggest burden on the UK economy,' she says with a grimace. 'I am a refugee. I got asylum in my first interview. But I'm mindful that this is not the norm. I am a lawyer and I know how to provide evidence and keep track of documents while many others might not have the means to do so and they receive very little support.'

The use of the term 'inspirational story' has become hollow in modern times. From celebrities with God complexes to reality TV stars with sob stories, the term is thrown around with little care for its true meaning. But the story of Laila Alodaat,
a Syrian corporate lawyer who claimed asylum in Britain at the beginning of her county's bloody
civil war and who has gone on to develop a career in human rights law, could safely be described
as such.

Want to read on?

This article is part of our subscription-based access. Please pick one of the options below to continue.

Already registered? Login to access premium content

SUBSCRIBE for one User

Unlimited access to the entire SJ website for a full year for one user.

  • 10 issues a year delivered to you
  • Digital edition of the magazine for one user – sent to your inbox or accessible through the website
  • Access to premium content on the website
  • Access to the fully searchable online archive of Solicitors Journal, Managing Partner and Private Client Adviser, which spans over 13 years
  • Weekly email newsletter with all the latest news, analysis and features
  • Comment on SJ content and contribute to the SJ community online
  • Advanced search feature
  • Online support
  • Access to SJ app compatible with Android and Apple devices – coming soon!
  • 6 special focuses per year
  • Special offers and discounts on Solicitors Journal and IICJ events

Subscribe

CORPORATE SUBSCRIPTION

Your department or entire firm can subscribe to Solicitors Journal online, providing easy access for all who require it. Discount corporate subscription rates apply, based on number of users.

The Corporate IP Licence includes:

  • Digital copy of the magazine sent to individuals’ inboxes and accessible through the website. Solicitors Journal publishes 10 issues per year
  • Unlimited access to premium content on the website based on IP addresses
  • Unlimited access to the fully searchable online archive of Solicitors Journal, Managing Partner and Private Client Adviser, which spans over 13 years
  • Weekly email newsletter with all the latest news, analysis and features
  • Comment on SJ content and contribute to the SJ community online (username required)
  • Unlimited access to SJ app compatible with Android and Apple devices
  • 6 special focuses per year
  • Special offers and discounts on Solicitors Journal and IICJ events

The Corporate IP Licence is tailored to your firm, making it the most cost effective way for the firm to access Solicitors Journal, and enables the firm to remain compliant with copyright and our Terms and Conditions. This gives you the ability to print and circulate articles within the firm.

To enquire about a Corporate IP Licence for your firm, please contact our Subscriptions Manager on emily.beechey@solicitorsjournal.com.

TRY BEFORE YOU BUY

You can immediately access Solicitors Journal premium content for a FREE two week trial period by registering NOW. To register you will need to have a corporate email address. You will receive:

  • Two digital copies of Solicitors Journal
  • Weekly email alert with latest legal news
  • Access to premium content
  • Access to 13 years of searchable archives

Register