A talk by H.E. Ambassador Paul R. Seger
Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations
followed by a reception
Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 6-8pm
Chaffetz Lindsey LLP, 505 Fifth Avenue, 4th Fl., New York, NY 10017
(north east corner of 42nd Street)
6:00-6:30 pm Registration
6:30-7:15 pm Presentation and Q & A
7:30-8:00 pm Reception
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With resolution 1267 (1999) the Security Council adopted sanctions against individuals suspected to support Taliban and (since 2001) Al-Qaïda terrorism. Pursuant to resolution 1267, assets of persons and companies can be frozen and travel bans imposed. Despite the drastic effects of these sanctions - persons on the sanctions lists cannot dispose of their accounts anymore and are prisoners in their own countries - the Security Council for a long time has not respected elementary requirements of due process, such as informing persons that they have been listed and giving them the right to appeal against a wrongful listing. As a consequence, European courts have challenged the implementation of these sanctions based on their violation of international human rights law. Ambassador Seger’s talk will address Switzerland’s commitment to improving the current terrorism sanctions framework and its engagement, together with a group of like-minded countries, of the Security Council to that effect. He will highlight some of the achievements and the challenges that remain in combating terrorism while respecting international human rights law.
Ambassador Paul R. Seger
Ambassador Paul R. Seger, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations, presented his credentials to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on 4 June 2010. From July 2003 until his departure to New York he was the Head of the Directorate of International Law and Legal Adviser of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in Berne. During that time he served also as the Ambassador of Switzerland to the Principality of Liechtenstein, the Head of the Swiss Delegation to the Central Commission for Navigation on the Rhine (CCNR) and as Member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration. Previously, he was assigned to the Swiss Embassy in Buenos Aires as Deputy Chief of Mission (from 2000 to 2003), and served as a legal or diplomatic officer in Berne, New York (UN-Mission) and Kinshasa. The Swiss American Lawyers Association of Greater New York wishes to thank the following sponsors for their support in organizing this event.
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