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.