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Sanctions in the EU’s External Relations

Trier & Online, 27 April 2023 – 28 April 2023

Event number:

Areas of law:

Economic Crime


Sanctions (restrictive measures) are one of the EU's tools to promote the objectives of the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP). The Council imposes EU restrictive measures (such as the freezing of funds and travel bans) through a CFSP Council decision adopted by unanimity, which is notified to the persons and entities targeted by it.

These include governments of non-EU countries, entities (companies), organisations such as terrorist groups, and individuals. The measures can then be challenged before the General Court of the European Union.

This hybrid seminar will provide participants with detailed knowledge on legal aspects of restrictive measures applied by the European Union, including the recent jurisprudence of the CJEU. The EU guidelines on the implementation and evaluation of restrictive measures, as well as best practice in implementation, will be analysed within the wider international context of sanctions imposed by other governments and entities, including the UK and USA. Details about the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime will be presented, as well as the latest measures regarding sanctions against Russian entities. 

Key topics

  • EU restrictive measures within the wider geo-political setting, including the EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime
  • EU guidelines on restrictive measures and best practice regarding their implementation
  • Practical implications and challenges of EU restrictive measures
  • Recent case law of the EU courts on sanctions
  • Judicial review of restrictive measures
  • Procedural aspects of sanctions cases before the Courts of the European Union

Who should attend?

European and national civil servants working in the area of EU restrictive measures, lawyers dealing with sanctions cases, compliance officers.

Hybrid format

If you cannot attend the conference in Trier, you can still join online! You will be able to interact immediately and directly with our top-quality speakers and other participants.

Fees in €:
EU and ERA patrons
Young lawyers and other groups
Discount Voucher Code
by 27 March 2023
after 27 March 2023
More details about the fees and discounts

Early registration discount
  • 10 % by 27.03.2023
Discounts available
  • EU and ERA Patrons
    Staff of European Union institutions and agencies; Staff of ERA’s patrons: all EU Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden), United Kingdom, the German states, Scotland and the City of Trier.
  • Young lawyers and other groups
    Young lawyers up to 30 years of age (important: the participant must provide a copy or details of his or her passport or identity card on request); Full-time staff of universities or comparable academic institutions; Staff of charitable organisations or comparable institutions.
  • Discount Voucher Code
    If you have a discount voucher code, please enter the code in the Voucher Field when you register.

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Important note

This is a hybrid event. You can participate either face-to-face or online and you can switch your participation method at no cost until one day before the event.

Please note that payment by invoice must be made at the latest two days prior to the event.


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Overnight accommodation in Trier

There are special rates for ERA participants at three excellent hotels in Trier.


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