In common with other countries’ practice, the Australian Government has the power to subject individuals and companies to extrajudicial targeted sanctions, such as asset freezes and travel bans. It has now committed to introducing a reform of the Australian sanctions regime by the end of 2021. This follows a Parliamentary inquiry that recommended that Australia put in place a ‘Magnitsky’ sanctions regime to target foreigners engaged in corruption or gross human rights abuse, in line with overseas partners as the US, UK and Canada.
The introduction of corruption and human rights sanctions raises a host of questions of law and policy. How will they contribute to existing criminal justice responses? How can sanctions designations be credible, consistent and free of undue political influence? How should due process be ensured?
This webinar brings together Australian and international speakers to explore the lessons that the Australian government and wider expert community should draw from existing overseas experience in considering these questions. It is organised by ANU College of Law and the Transnational Research Institute on Corruption.
• Geoffrey Robertson QC, Doughty Street Chambers
• Anna Bradshaw, Peters & Peters
• Adam Masters, Transnational Research Institute on Corruption
The discussion will be chaired by Anton Moiseienko, ANU College of Law.