On 15-16 May 2001, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers co-organized a conference in Sofia, Bulgaria with our member association, the Union of Bulgarian Jurists, on the topic: “Embargo and International Law: Contemporary Problems.”

The conference explored how embargoes – and specifically the embargo imposed on Iraq – undermined human rights and the international rule of law.

In 2019, these questions remain critically important, especially as the United States and its allies (notably Canada and the European Union) continue to pursue unilateral coercive measures against a number of countries, such as Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Iran and Syria.

Several documents from this 2001 conference, including the IADL intervention, opening remarks and related resolution, are included in the PDF below.

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