Discussions during the High Level Review of United Nations Sanctions and related recommendations in the HLR Compendium reflected broad consensus that sanctions training and skills enhancement are high-benefit activities.

Past efforts, most notably a Canadian-sponsored pilot presentation of a training methodology and subsequent skills enhancement sessions, conducted by CCSI in 2011-2012, received strong support from the UN community.

CCSI has further expanded its activities in this area with a number of sessions requested by individual incoming delegations to the Security Council, and the conduct of a 10-week intensive course at Columbia University in 2013.

Training sessions normally include the following topics:

– Overview of types and purposes of sanctions
– Roles and challenges – interactions and reporting obligations
– Monitoring compliance – cross-regime assessments and lessons learned
– Guidance to states – national capacity, best practices and technical assistance

Training “refreshers” are a pertinent mechanism to keep apace with the rapidly expanding sanctions environment, of which three dimensions are particularly noteworthy:

– The multi-layered system of autonomous, regional and multilateral sanctions regimes;
– Evolving technical intricacies of UN and other sanctions measures require a versatile and adaptive implementation stance;
– Promotion of protective and preventive concepts related to violations of human rights, due process or other norms, serve as compelling additional reasons for continuous skills enhancement.

CCSI regularly introduces into its training programs specialists on proliferation technologies, arms and ammunition experts, representatives of border and international trade control agencies, corporate risk managers, legal and constitutional scholars, as well as anti-corruption and anti-money laundering specialists.