On 31 July, the EU Institute for Security Studies published a research paper saying that October 2018, the EU adopted a sanctions regime against the proliferation and use of chemical weapons, and the sanctions regime against chemical weapons is not based on a UN Security Council mandate.  It is said that it was the first in a series of EU autonomous regimes and was followed by a sanctions regime against cyberattacks in 2019, and another against human rights violations currently under preparation.  The paper looks at the sanctions regime in the context of the recent attacks in Syria and the UK and international efforts employed to limit the proliferation and use of chemical arsenals.  It explores why sanctions are emerging as a supplementary policy tool in tackling this shifting security challenge and analyses the implications for the EU’s Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), before making recommendations for further action.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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