The Folly of U.S. Sanctions against the International Criminal Court


Since the inception of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 1998, the United States has had both hostile and cooperative relations with the ICC. The outgoing U.S. administration took hostility to a new level, imposing legal sanctions on the Court’s high-level officials in the same way the government imposes civil and criminal sanctions against those who provide material support to terrorists. This panel will explore the state of litigation challenging these sanctions, and how and why the incoming administration's approach to the ICC might differ from that of its predecessor. This panel is also co-sponsored by the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights (CLIHHR) and the International Humanitarian Law Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association (ABILA). CLE credit will be available pending approval. This panel will be held over zoom and a link will be sent out the morning of the event.


  • Betsy Apple, Advocacy Director and Head of the Democracy and Rule of Law Division of the Open Society Justice Initiative, one of the plaintiffs challenging the Trump Administration's sanctions against the ICC
  • Andrew Loewenstein, Partner, Foley Hoag, LLP, lead plaintiffs' counsel in the case challenging the Trump administration's sanctions against the ICC
  • Gabor Rona, Professor of Practice Cardozo Law School, one of the plaintiffs challenging the Trump Administration's sanctions against the ICC
  • Beth Van Schaack, Leah Kaplan Visiting Professor of Human Rights at Stanford Law School, nationally recognized expert on ICC and US/ICC relations
  • Adam M. Smith, Partner, Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher, nationally recognized expert on sanctions

Date and Location

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm