Addressing the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Latham lawyers offer real-time analysis of legal issues in European Union.


In March 2016, government leaders and officials convened in Brussels to find solutions to the mass migration of refugees into the European Union and Turkey, as a result of the Syrian Civil War. The International Refugee Commission (IRC), a global humanitarian organization that has provided critical support to over 3 million Syrian refugees and displaced persons, was on hand to advocate for the rights of refugees, and turned to TrustLaw and Latham & Watkins for legal guidance.

Led by London partner Helena Potts, a team of more than 30 lawyers and professional staff from around the world worked tirelessly day and night to provide IRC with real-time answers to pressing questions concerning domestic and international law. In addition, Latham’s analysis has since been used in refugee camps and detention centers. Our firm recently honored Helena, along with associate Boin Cheong and trainee Mihail Krepchev, for their leadership of this project with the 2016 Robert M. Dell Prize for Extraordinary Public Service, an annual award given to a Latham lawyer or team who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to pro bono work

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