Gráinne de Búrca (left) and Harold KohOn June 21, U.S. State Department Legal Adviser Harold Koh addressed a conference at NYU School of Law on "Smart Sanctions and the Rule of Law." Koh emphasized the Obama administration’s commitment to implement sanctions that are consistent with the United States’ rule of law values. He also focused on the Administration’s attempts to make sanctions, wherever possible, more targeted and more multilateral, and to treat sanctions as a means, not an end, in international diplomacy.

The conference was organized by Gráinne de Búrca, Florence Ellinwood Allen Professor of Law, in conjunction with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ). De Búrca moderated the conference's first session on counter-terrorism sanctions, which included discussion of U.N., U.S., and U.K. sanctions against terrorism as well as commentary on U.S. terrorist watchlists. Other panel topics included smart sanctions before national and international courts, providing evidence for, and about, the targets of smart sanctions, litigating sanctions, and compliance and effectiveness.

Posted July 2, 2012