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On 5 May 2017, the first part of an ESIL symposium co-organized by the Institute of International Relations in Prague and the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre, University of Nottingham, was held in Prague. At this event 12 papers were presented and discussed by experts in the very productive environment of the Cernin Palace, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, in Prague. The second part of the symposium will be held at the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre in the School of Law at the University of Nottingham on Friday 10 November 2017. The overall topic of the symposium is ‘Non-UN Sanctions and International Law’. The idea is to consider various aspects of sanctions adopted outside the UN context, by individual States, groups of States, regional organizations or other actors.

While the Prague event focused on the legality and legitimacy of non-UN sanctions, the Nottingham event will concentrate on the effectiveness and impact of non-UN sanctions and the monitoring of such sanctions by States or non-State actors. The ESIL symposium is a scholarly event that promotes an intensive and targeted discussion of a selected topic of international law. Approximately 8-12 papers will be selected from among the submissions. The most original papers may be considered for publication in a special issue of the Journal of Conflict and Security Law (published by Oxford University Press) in 2018.


The organizers particularly welcome papers addressing one or more of the following issues:

  • The effectiveness of unilateral or multilateral targeted or general non-UN sanctions in terms of changing the ‘targets’ behaviour;
  • The effectiveness of unilateral or multilateral non-UN sanctions in achieving goals of peace and security, human rights compliance, or other goals;
  • The impact of unilateral or multilateral non-UN sanctions taken outside the UN context in terms of health, development, governance, self-determination and human rights;
  • Monitoring of the effectiveness and impact of non-UN sanctions by those States or other actors imposing such measures, and by other bodies and organisations such as human rights bodies or NGOs;
  • The role of the private sector and other non-state actors, e.g. banks, financial institutions and law firms, in giving effect to non-UN sanctions;
  • The responsiveness of non-UN sanctions regimes to criticisms and concerns regarding effectiveness and impact;
  • The relationship between the legality and legitimacy of non-UN sanctions and their effectiveness and impact.


Abstracts (of not more than 750 words) should be submitted to by 31 July 2017. Please include your name, email address, and a one-page curriculum vitae with your abstract. Successful applicants will be notified by email by 25 August 2017. Drafts of papers (of not more than 10,000 words) will be required by 10 October 2017.


Successful applicants will be expected to bear the costs of their own travel and accommodation. However, ESIL travel grants will be made available to offer partial financial support to speakers. Speakers and participants in the symposium will be informed of hotels that offer preferential rates. Lunch and coffee breaks will be provided.

October 10 2017


Date: 10 October, 2017
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