In this 14-page paper the authors argue that intentional changes to law and policy regarding property rights during the war has led to asset losses for members of groups opposed to the government and created a barrier to property restitution and the return of these groups. They examines legal documents and secondary sources identifying government actions and their impact, noting the proliferation of laws that systematically erode the property rights of people who lack proximity, legal status, and regime allies. As the results of these laws manifest after the war, a disproportionate number of Syrians who opposed the government will find themselves without the houses, land, and property they held before the war began.
Title: Law, Violence, and Property Expropriation in Syria: Impediments to Restitution and Return
Author: Emilie Stubblefield and Sandra Joireman
Published by: Land (Special Issue “Land Restitution: Processes and Outcomes in Different Political and Socio-Cultural Contexts”)
Date: November 2019