The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the important issue of the humanitarian impact of sanctions into the public discussion among policymakers, academics and civil society activists.
Iran is among the hardest-hit countries by COVID-19. It is also one of the few countries dealing with this level of cases while living under severe economic sanctions. In recent weeks world leaders, civil society organizations and hundreds of academics worldwide have called on the US administration to ease economic sanctions on Iran at least for the duration of the coronavirus crisis.
The Institute for Peace & Diplomacy hosted a discussion with Prof. Hassan Razavi on April 30, 2020 to discuss the impact of Trump’s Iran sanctions on fundamental human rights of Iranians including the right to food and the right to health.
Hassan Razavi is a Professor at the University of Tehran, Faculty of Law and Political Science. Before joining University of Tehran, he lectured economic sanctions and international trade law at the McGill Faculty of Law where he spent two years of postdoctoral fellowship. He has extensively studied the impact of sanctions and the responsibilities of the sanctioning state from the perspective of international law. Link to Dr. Razavi’s recent article in the Washington International Law Journal: https://bit.ly/3cMqvCL