On 27 June the ILA study group on UN Sanctions and International Law (www.unsanctionsstudygroup.com) held its first meeting at Leiden University, the Netherlands. The meeting was opened by Prof. Marcel Brus, Director of Studies of the ILA, who gave a short introduction on the objectives and working methods of the ILA generally. The meeting was further devoted to refining the study group’s mandate and the way forward until the 2016 Johannesburg Biannual ILA Conference.
Prof. Larissa van den Herik, chair of the study group, set out the overarching theme for the working group, which is the formalization of sanctions regimes. Following a lively discussion, the study group agreed that the principal objective is to examine ways to make UN sanctions less arbitrary. The study group will focus on the design and implementation of sanctions, including questions on interpretation of sanctions and their effects on private contracts, as well as on questions of institutional interplay.
The study group will present its first report at the 77th Biannual ILA Conference which will take place between 7 and 11 August 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The primary objective of this preliminary report is to frame the challenges the study group will address in its subsequent reports.
The meeting in Leiden was attended by the following members of the study group: Larissa van den Herik; Mirko Sossai; Kristen Boon; Daniella Dam; Martin Dawidowicz; Erika De Wet; Luis Benavides; Tajesh Adhihetty; Gilles Cuniberti; Pierre-Emmanuel Dupont; Jean-Pierre Mattout; Misa Zgonec-Rozej; Devika Hovell; Lisa Ginsborg; Daniel Joyner; Anne van Aaken; Christiane Ahlborn; and Evan Criddle.