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GRILI Member Florenz Volkaert wins ESIL Young Scholar Prize

The European Society for International Law (ESIL), at its annual conference, has awarded its Young Scholar Prize to GRILI Member Florenz Volkaert for his paper "The Most Favoured Nation Clause in Late 19th- and Early 20th-Century Legal Doctrine: A Tool for Civilisational and/or Economic In/Exclusion?".

More information about the prize can be found here.

Sanctions Workshop Groningen - From cradle to grave: The policy cycle of EU restrictive measures

On 24-26 November 2022, the University of Groningen is organizing a sanctions workshop (co-organized with Ghent University), entitled 'From cradle to grave: The policy cycle of EU restrictive measures'.  The call for papers is available here: A preliminary programme will be available shortly.

Restrictive measures – the EU’s official notions for sanctions – are increasingly imposed by the EU to pursue its foreign and security policy objectives, ranging from fighting terrorism, managing conflict and promoting human rights. This trend started with the entry into force of the Maastricht Treaty in 1993, but the recent war in Ukraine has set in motion new forces in the world of sanctions that require a wide interdisciplinary discussion to reflect on how the recent changes represent long lasting innovations in sanctions practices.

With this objective in mind, we would like to foster a multidisciplinary discussion that will lead to an edited volume with contributions to the discussion on sanctions in the different phases of the policy cycle. When submitting your proposal, please indicate the phase of the policy cycle where your chapter aims to contribute: how sanctions are put on the EU’s agenda, how are they formulated, how can they be adopted, how are they implemented and finally how are they evaluated (agenda setting – policy formulation – adoption – implementation – evaluation).

Among possible topics are cases of CFSP restrictive measures, extraterritorial sanctions, the Blocking Statute but also other trade measures that could qualify as sanctions (e.g. measures falling within the scope of the proposed Anti-Coercion Instrument) as well as the various implementation challenges that affect sanctions effectiveness and their economic impact.

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About the institute

The Ghent Rolin-Jaequemyns International Law Institute is a vibrant research institute, composed of ten faculty members and more than 20 doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. Its activities span the entire realm of public international law, ranging
from the law of armed
conflict and interna-
tional human rights
law, to the law of the
sea, international en-
vironmental law and
international criminal law.

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