nationalsecuritylaw upcoming event: Invitation to Georgetown Law Sanctions Symposium – Feb. 13

You are invited to an all-day Symposium on economic sanctions at Georgetown Law on Wednesday, February 13. Please find a brief description and agenda below. Attendance is complementary. To register, please visit the following link:

I hope to see you on the 13th.


Ryan Farha

Symposium Editor

Georgetown Journal of International Law

The Evolution of Economic Sanctions:

Increasingly Financial, Multilateral, and Robust

Georgetown University Law Center, Gewirz Student Center

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

In recent years, economic sanctions have evolved significantly to keep pace with new technologies and strengthened global economic links. Formerly, the use of sanctions was often focused on trade in goods; however, as new methods of evading trade sanctions have developed and as capital has become more mobile, governments have increasingly targeted international financial transactions and flows, perhaps best exemplified by recent U.S. sanctions against Iran. In addition, enhanced coordination among the United States, European Union, and United Nations has produced a thorough multilateral network of sanctions, notwithstanding occasional blind spots. Partially as a result of these developments, economic sanctions are a more robust tool for policymakers today than in the past.

To explore these issues, the Georgetown Journal of International Law (GJIL), Center for Transnational Business and the Law, and Center for National Security and the Law proudly present the 2013 GJIL Symposium, entitled “The Evolution of Economic Sanctions: Increasingly Financial, Multilateral, and Robust.” This day-long event will take place on February 13, 2013, at the Georgetown University Law Center. The Symposium will feature a keynote speech by Treasury Assistant Secretary Daniel Glaser. There will also be four panels on: the legal basis and technical operation of financial sanctions; the significant legal and economic impacts of these sanctions on targeted activities; coordination as well as incongruity among U.S., EU, and UN sanctions programs; and a survey of other legal, political, and humanitarian issues raised by sanctions.

8:30-9:00 A.M.

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00-9:15 A.M.

Ryan M. Farha, Symposium Editor of the Georgetown Journal of International Law

Opening Remarks by Associate Dean Gregory Klass, Georgetown Law

9:15-10:45 A.M.

Panel 1: The Legal Basis and Technical Operation of Financial Sanctions

Moderated by Professor Barry E. Carter, Co-Director of the Center on Transnational Business and the Law

Peter Chessick, Attorney-Adviser, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)

William B. Hoffman, Chief Counsel to OFAC (1989-2000) and former Counsel at Davis Polk & Wardwell

Sean M. Thornton, Chief Counsel to OFAC (2005-2012); Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

10:45-11:00 A.M.

Coffee Break

11:00 A.M.-12:15 P.M.

Panel 2: The Legal and Economic Impacts of Financial Sanctions on Targeted Activities and Affected Institutions

Moderated by Greta Lichtenbaum, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers

Gary Clyde Hufbauer, Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics

Michael M. Lieberman, Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of the Treasury

William A. Reinsch, President, National Foreign Trade Council

12:15-1:30 P.M.

Keynote Speech & Lunch

Introductory Remarks by Professor Barry E. Carter, Co-Director of the Center on Transnational Business and the Law

Daniel L. Glaser, Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes, U.S. Department of the Treasury

1:30-2:45 P.M.

Panel 3: Coordination and Incongruity Among U.S., EU, and UN Sanctions

Moderated by David D. Aufhauser, Partner, Williams & Connolly

Carol A. Fuchs, Counsel for International Trade, General Electric

Court E. Golumbic, Managing Director, Compliance Department, Goldman Sachs

David Mortlock, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, U.S. Department of State

Meredith Rathbone, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson

2:45-3:00 P.M.

Coffee Break

3:00-4:30 P.M.

Panel 4: A Survey of Other Legal, Political, and Humanitarian Issues Raised by Sanctions

Moderated by Professor David P. Stewart, Co-Director of the Center on Transnational Business and the Law

Debbie Adams, Managing Director of Law and Governance, GAVI Alliance

Professor Carol Joy Gordon, Fairfield University

Suzanne Maloney, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution

Dianne E. Rennack, Specialist in Foreign Policy Legislation, Congressional Research Service

4:30-5:30 P.M.


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