March 21, Online: The Illegality of Unilateral Coercive Measures – Seminar B of the People’s Academy of International Law

The Illegality of Unilateral Coercive Measures

Seminar B of the Monique and Roland Weyl People’s Academy of International Law.


Thursday, March 21

9 am Pacific, 12 pm Eastern, 4 pm UTC

Interpretation available in English, Spanish, French (Arabic, Portuguese upon request)


NOTE: This will be a 2.5-hour course!

Join our Seminar B on Thursday, March 21: The Illegality of Unilateral Coercive Measures

Faculty for Seminar B:

  • Nina Farnia – Legal historian and scholar; Professor of Law, Albany Law School; co-chair, International People’s Tribunal on US Imperialism
  • Prabhat Patnaik – Professor Emeritus, Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • María Lucrecia Hernández – Director of SURES, Venezuela
  • Charlotte Kates – International Coordinator, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network; National Lawyers Guild International Committee

The program will be moderated by Marjorie Cohn, Dean of the People’s Academy of International Law.

With the blockade of Cuba, the U.S. launched an era of Unilateral Coercive Measures, known as UCMs. UCMs are economic acts of a hostile nature, taken by a state to compel policy changes by another state. While some claim that UCMs are a form of lawful pressure, in fact UCMs are unlawful acts of economic aggression, prohibited by the U.N. Charter, treaties, the laws of international governmental organizations, and the International Court of Justice. International movements have developed to resist the UCMs imposed by the U.S. and its European Union allies against over 40 UN member states. International resistance movements and affected states have documented multiple widespread human rights violations caused by UCMs, including to life and health, in countries such as Venezuela, Zimbabwe and Iran.The seminar will examine international law prohibitions of UCMs, and resistance in the Global South and BRICS states to UCMs and secondary sanctions, and the strategies of people’s movements to stop UCMs.

The People’s Academy of International Law, which is sponsored by the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, seeks to help progressive and anti-imperialist lawyers and human rights defenders globally to marshal the tools of international law to support people’s struggles. Watch past sessions at the People’s Academy website.

Register to be taught by recognized experts in international law, from UN Special Rapporteurs to legal academics to people’s lawyers with decades of experience using international law and legal mechanisms to protect human rights. This course has an anti-imperialist, people and earth-centered view of international law, designed to support practitioners and movements. Course materials and education will be in English, French, Spanish and potentially other languages.

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