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Event Invitation 22 Nov: Why the EU Needs an Anti-Corruption Sanctions Regime - A Powerful Tool

Updated: Oct 31, 2022

Hybrid panel discussion

Date: 22 November 2022

Time: 12:00-13:15 CET

The use of sanctions as an instrument of foreign policy has become prevalent against a backdrop of regressing democratic rule of law and human rights standards, increased authoritarianism and attempts to undermine rules-based international order.

Using sanctions to tackle corruption is a relatively novel and promising approach to fighting corruption that has not been universally adopted. In the U.S., legislation authorising corruption sanctions the Global Magnitsky Act has been in place for over five years. The EU however, which has taken a leading role in utilising sanctions to protect human rights, respond to violations of international law and to preserve peace and security currently lacks the legislative framework to sanction kleptocrats and acts of serious corruption.

In this context there is a need for consensus to develop around setting common goals for effectiveness and for measuring how sanctions actually effect change. This expert panel will take stock of the impact of corruption sanctions to date presenting specific case studies to identify lessons that current experience may hold for the EU.


  • Stephanie Muchai – Program Director for Governance and Anti-Corruption, International Lawyers Project

  • Sandra De Waele – Head of Division for Sanctions, European External Action Service

  • Carl Dolan – Interim Director of Policy and Outreach, Open Society—Europe and Central Asia (opening remarks)

  • Anton Moiseienko – Lecturer, ANU College of Law

  • Tinatin Tsertsvadze – Senior Policy Analyst, Open Society—Europe and Central Asia

  • Jennifer Baker – Presenter and Reporter (moderator)

Please use the registration links below to indicate your preference for either in-person or online attendance.


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