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Report launch: Enhancing Due Process in UN Security Council Targeted Sanctions Regimes

Thomas Biersteker, Larissa van den Herik, Rebecca Brubaker
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Maison de la Paix, Petal 4 (GCSP), Conference room 2, 4th floor & Online

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The United Nations (UN) Security Council provided basic due process protection for individuals designated under its counter-terrorism sanctions regime when it created the Office of the Ombudsperson for the ISIL (Da'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee in 2009. The Office has since strengthened sanctions implementation by addressing legitimacy challenges facing the policy instrument from litigation in courts around the world and improving the quality of designations. However, the rights to due process continue to be denied for those designated under the remaining UN sanctions regimes.

The authors are launching the report “Enhancing Due Process in UN Security Council Targeted Sanctions Regimes”. The report presents ideas for context-specific review mechanisms that could provide due process protections for sanctions regimes in situations of armed conflict. The sanctions regime on the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is discussed as a potential first case for the development of a new review mechanism.



  • Thomas Biersteker, Gasteyger Professor Honoraire, the Graduate Institute, Geneva

  • Larissa van den Herik, Professor of Public International Law, the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, Leiden University

  • Rebecca Brubaker, Senior Policy Adviser and Project Director at the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research



  • Andrea Bianchi, Director of Studies, Professor of International Law, the Graduate Institute, Geneva


The launch event will feature the authors of the report and be followed by a Q&A.



To attend this meeting in person, please contact Sylvia Nissim (sylvia.nissim@graduateinstitute.ch). Please note that seats are limited and participants are required to present a valid COVID Certificate and a valid ID to enter GCSP premises.

Enhancing Due Process in UN Security Council Targeted Sanctions Regimes