Sheila Paylan

Sheila Paylan

Sheila Paylan is an international criminal lawyer, war crimes investigator, human rights and gender expert, and former legal advisor to the United Nations. She spent more than 15 years advising the judges and senior officials of various UN-backed international criminal tribunals, including for Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, and the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. From 2019 to 2021, she was appointed by the UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights as the Legal Advisor and Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Specialist to a Team of International Experts mandated to assist the judicial and military authorities of the Democratic Republic of Congo with investigating and prosecuting war crimes, crimes against humanity, and gross human rights violations.

Now based in Yerevan, she regularly consults for a variety of international organizations, NGOs, think tanks, and governments. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Bachelor of Civil Law, and a Juris Doctorate from McGill University, as well as an Master of Laws specializing in Public International Law from the University of London, and has published extensively on the subjects of international justice, remedial secession, and the Responsibility to Protect.

We Are Forever Our Mountains

We Are Forever Our Mountains

If we can turn off the noise for just a moment amid this fresh hellish phase, we might regain the panoramic clarity that we remain, as our mountains, firmly rooted in the crust of the earth from which we eternally rise, writes Sheila Paylan.

A Peace to Fail All Peace

A Peace to Fail All Peace

International mediators have to step up their pressure on Baku, which must include the threat of sanctions in response to further military action against Armenia and continued refusal to unblock the Lachin Corridor.