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Practical Guide to EU Sanctions for Civil Society

Practical Guide to EU Sanctions for Civil Society
Practical Guide to EU Sanctions for Civil Society

Restrictive measures or ‘sanctions’ are an essential tool of the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), which aim to promote the objectives of the CFSP, such as democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and the principles of international law. 

Considering this increasingly central role of restrictive measures, International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) and State Capture: Research and Action produced a practical guide for civil society actors on making recommendations for EU sanctions.

This guide begins by discussing the CFSP and the role of sanctions as an EU foreign policy tool. It sets out the legal framework for EU sanctions and explains the process for the adoption of sanctions at the EU level. It explains the difference between geographic and thematic, as well as between sectoral and targeted, sanctions. Some detail is provided on the scope and powers under the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime. This is followed by a discussion of the standard of proof required for sanctions designations, a brief discussion on derogation and exceptions, and information on how individuals and entities may be removed from sanctions lists through court challenges and delisting. Thereafter, the guide provides practical advice on how to make recommendations and whom to approach.

For more detailed guidance and on-the-job mentoring on how to use this mechanism effectively, please get in touch with International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) at iphr@iphronline.org and State Capture: Research and Action at contact@state-capture.org.

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