Human Rights Impact Hub (HRIH) human rights sanctions programme – call for applications

The Human Rights Impact Hub is calling for applications from lawyers and human rights defenders from the countries of the former Soviet Union (FSU)* who wish to gain hands-on experience and knowledge of working on human rights’ violations and corruption-related targeted sanctions through a training programme.

In the course of the programme, participants will be introduced to the sanctions regimes of the four major Western jurisdictions and provided with detailed guidance on how to trace and recover the ill-gotten assets of persons involved in human rights violations and corruption.

The training programme will include:

  • training materials on targeted sanctions, asset tracing, and asset recovery;
  • lectures from prominent experts in the field;
  • interactive group and individual exercises to cement knowledge; and
  • excellent networking opportunities.

The training programme will be delivered in English. The initial one-month training will be continued with individual mentorship and funding to draft sanctions designation requests for a group selected from the most active participants. All participants who complete the training will become Human Rights Impact Hub alumni, with exclusive access to future networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities.

The planned starting date for the training is 1 March 2022.

The Human Rights Impact Hub welcomes applications from interested and enthusiastic candidates. For the application to be successful, applicants should:

  • Possess a strong legal background and experience, as well as a solid understanding of human rights and corruption issues in the FSU region;
  • Have an interest in exploring alternative accountability instruments and outside-the-box strategies aimed at overcoming the shortcomings of conventional legal action;
  • Have a strong motivation to submit sanctions designation requests with the help of the Hub’s training, mentoring, networking resources, and funding;
  • Possess a working knowledge of English.

The selection of participants will take into account geographical and gender balance. Applicants representing ethnic, religious, linguistic, and/or sexual minorities are encouraged to apply.


In order to register please fill out the following before 14 February 2022 (23:59 Central European time).

Only selected applicants will be contacted.

* (except the Baltic states and Russia).