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Global Magnitsky: The Swiss Army Knife Of Sanctions

Law360 (August 7, 2018, 3:39 PM EDT) -- The Global Magnitsky corruption and human rights sanctions have been described as “smart sanctions” because they target specific conduct, rather than an entire country. To the extent that “smart” connotes limitation, the categorization should be taken with a grain of salt.

The Global Magnitsky sanctions program applies worldwide, without any requirement of a jurisdictional nexus with the United States. It defines corruption broadly enough to capture a wide range of conduct and persons. The sanctions target “serious human rights abuse,” but do not define the term....
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