Global Magnitsky Act Clinic
This clinic will introduce students to the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, and Executive Order 13818, and will require students to prepare a case file identifying a foreign individual or entity that has engaged in (1) serious human rights abuses, or (2) significant acts of corruption. Students will work together in a team, and will submit their dossier to the State Department and Treasury Department requesting that travel and financial sanctions be levied against the identified individual or entity.
Winter 2021: Students prepared two dossiers requesting sanctions against kleptocratic elites from the Republic of the Congo who pilfered funds from state coffers and invested the proceeds in real estate in New York City and Miami.
Spring 2020: Students prepared a brief requesting sanctions against a Maltese oligarch, two high-level politicians (Konrad Mizzi and Keith Schembri) in the former Maltese government, and several members of the Maltese underworld who are allegedly responsible for the car bomb assassination of Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia in October 2017. The students' work was evaluated by the State Department and, in December 2021, the State Department announced that Mizzi and Schembri, as well as their families, would be ineligible for entry into the U.S..