International Sanctions: Legal, Policy and Business Challenges

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The London Centre of International Law Practice will be hosting a one-day conference on International Sanctions: Legal, Policy and Business Challenges to follow the two-day training workshop on International Sanctions in Practice: Legal and Business Implications.



This one-day conference will bring together some of the most prominent experts on International Sanctions led by our head of Public International Law, Pierre-Emmanuel Dupont, to discuss, present and argue the various perspectives pertaining to International Sanctions. Speakers include members of the International Law Association Study Group on UN Sanctions and International Law.

The proliferation of sanctions regimes enacted either by the UN Security Council, regional organisations or individual States against the economies of other countries, or specifically targeting certain entities and individuals, raises crucial and highly complex issues in terms of international responsibility, human rights, available remedies, and impact on cross-border trade and investment, amongst many others.
In light of the most recent developments, including those concerning Russia, Cuba, Venezuela, Iran and a number of Arab countries, the London Centre of International Law Practice will host a one-day conference, bringing together some of the most prominent experts on international sanctions from academia, international organisations and legal practice. They will review together the current trends and prospects in the practice of sanctions and their implications for international business relations from the perspective of the targeted regime and the targeting regime, as well as legal challenges that sanctions are increasingly facing before various fora.


This conference aims to provide a wide understanding of the law and practice of sanctions in a globalised world, primarily to policymakers, government officials, economic stakeholders, academics and legal practitioners of targeting and targeted States, but also of third States that may be affected by sanctions in a number of ways.

The discussion and findings of this conference will also be used to further shape the agenda of the International Law Association Study Group on UN Sanctions and International Law and to inform its work.


The conference will be split into four panel sessions. Speakers will give presentations on the following topics, and each session will be followed by a Q&A.

Session 1 : The Evolving Practice of International Sanctions and its Legal Implications

Legal reactions to Unlawful Sanctions

The Nature of Authority behind Sanctions: Implications of (Un)Constitutionality

Unilateral Sanctions in Defence of Community Interests: Perceptions and Reality

Session 2 : Impact on Cross-Border Business Activities

  • Matthew Happold, Professor of Public International Law (University of Luxembourg)

Public Law Challenges to Sanctions Decisions before the English Courts

Economic Sanctions, Commercial Transactions and International Arbitration.

International sanctions, contracts and the dispute resolution procedure.

Session 3 : Living under Sanctions: the view from targeted parties

  • Alfred de Zayas, UN Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order (Geneva, Switzerland)

Human Rights implications of unilateral and multilateral sanctions regimes

  • Golnoosh Hakimdavar, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law (Heidelberg, Germany)

The politics of sanctions: Sanctions as an instrument of post-colonial social control behind the prism of development and democracy. 

  • Mohsen Mohebbi, Professor of International Law (Azad University, Tehran, Iran)

Some Aspects of Iranian Legal Reaction to Sanctions.

Session 4 : The Interaction between Sanctions and Other Regimes

The interplay between UN sanctions and the International Criminal Court

The Arbitration of Disputes related to Investment Affected by International Sanctions

  • Regis Bismuth, Professor of Public International Law (University of Poitiers, France)

Challenges to Extraterritorial Sanctions under International Trade Law

Sanctions in the European Courts

Download the conference flyer here.

Reserve your place at this conference. A full programme of the conference will be made available soon.