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The Impact of Government Sanctions on International Human Rights

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This panel will discuss the types of sanctions used by governments to impact international human rights including the Magnitsky Acts and the like. The panel will then address what actual impact these sanctions are having on addressing international human rights violations.

This review will include a discussion of the impact that counter-terrorism sanctions regimes are having on humanitarian agencies’ ability to deliver life-saving consignments, the decisions as to whether leaders are more impacted as to other vulnerable parties. The discussion will include the view of the sanctioned and how they end up on the sanctions lists with a discussion of the due process and recourse issues associated with such actions. In addition, the panel will discuss how international legal and business matters are impacted by such sanctions and what practices and policies are recommended for law firms and multinational businesses to comply with such sanctions, anticipate additional sanctions, and incorporate these activities in their international human rights reports and policies.

Panel Speakers:

  • Irwin Cotler, Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, an Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and longtime Member of Parliament
  • Elizabeth M. Iglesias, Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law
  • Hilary Mossberg, The Sentry – Director, Illicit Finance Policy
  • Michael Stransky, Senior Manager, Foreign Affairs in the Government Affairs and Policy Office, General Electric
  • Moderator: Thomas H. Wilson, Partner – Labor and Employment, Vinson & Elkins LLP

PLUS – Access to virtual post-session networking
Participants will also have access to a virtual Networking Hub at the end of this session for attendees to join and video chat with other participants. Delegates can join and move around the tables to interact with multiple people in one networking session. A link to access the Networking Hub will be provided at the end of the session.

Places are strictly limited, register now to secure your place.


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. CT; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET

A session presented by the IBA Human Rights Law Committee, supported by the IBA Business Crime Committee, IBA Business Human Rights Committee and the IBA’s Human Rights Institute.

This is an Open Access Session, which is free to attend. We ask that you please register for this session via the zoom registration link.