Counter-terrorism measures address broad forms of support to terrorist acts. Their expansion, internationally and domestically, has given rise to new points of friction with international humanitarian law. Unless the measures include adequate safeguards, they can impede humanitarian action. Country-specific sanctions imposed for other objectives, such as ending conflicts or protecting civilians, raise similar challenges for humanitarian action.
These problems are not new, but solutions at international and national level remain elusive.
At this panel event, which marks the launch of a new Chatham House research paper, panellists explore current endeavours to address the tensions between counter-terrorism measures, sanctions and humanitarian action.
- What are the current dynamics and developments at Security Council level?
- What are the opportunities now that the UK is developing its independent sanctions strategy?
- What challenges do counter-terrorism requirements in funding agreements for humanitarian action pose?
- What is necessary to make progress?
Chair: Elizabeth Wilmshurst, Distinguished Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House
Christoph Braner, Former Sanctions Coordinator, German Permanent Mission to the UN, New York
Emanuela-Chiara Gillard, Associate Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House
Sharon Harvey, Counter Terrorist Finance Adviser, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office
Louise Wilkins, Deputy General-Counsel, Oxfam GB