U.S. Global Magnitsky Sanctions – Combating Human Rights Abuse and Corruption Worldwide

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law and the U.S. Embassy Australia  present:

Benjamin Kraut, United States Department of State Coordinator for the Global Magnitsky Sanctions Program

Date: Monday 21 October 2019
1pm to 2pm

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event has now been cancelled. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

"Magnitsky" laws and sanctions have been imposed by a number of States, beginning with the US, to target individuals, particularly government officials, implicated in human rights abuses. This presentation will entail a historical overview of the Global Magnitsky sanctions program, discuss the underlying authority the United States uses to implement the program, review the impact the program has had on combating human rights abuse and corruption, identify ways the United States has collaborated with other governments, as well as civil society, and forecast likely next steps of implementation.


Benjamin Kraut is the Coordinator for the Global Magnitsky Sanctions Program and a Senior Advisor for European, Western Hemisphere, African and global sanctions programs in the Office of Sanctions Policy and Implementation in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the United States Department of State. Ben is a career civil servant who joined the Department of State in 2015 as a Presidential Management Fellow and has served as a member of the Iran Sanctions team, has led successive Administrations in crafting comprehensive “sectoral sanctions” on North Korea, worked overseas at the United States Embassy in London on sanctions policy, and in the Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser as a sanctions attorney. Ben earned his J.D. with honors from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in 2014 and his B.A. with honors from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2011.

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