Philip Moser QC will be speaking on the topic “Designation challenges in the EU Courts” at the WorldECR Export Controls and Sanctions forum, taking place in Washington, DC, on 21 – 22 September 2015.
“Recent years have seen a major escalation in the number of individuals and entities designated by the European Union under sanctions (‘restrictive measures’ – to use the EU term of art) pertaining to Iran, Syria, Russia, Belarus and other countries as well as terrorist organisations, both under UN sanctions regimes and the EU’s own sanctions policy. As a result, the EU courts have been almost besieged by entities and individuals (among them, Iranian banks Bank Mellat and Saderat, the Iranian National Oil Company, several Russian entities and a Belarus sports team) challenging those designations or listings and often finding the courts favourable to their suits.
These cases have raised intriguing issues about the right balance between security considerations and legal procedure and principle – and the use of evidence – and have frequently challenged the listing authorities to revisit the grounds on which they base their cases.
In his presentation, Philip Moser QC of London’s Monckton Chambers, who has acted on behalf of plaintiffs in several leading sanctions cases including Abdulrahim v Council & Commission (resulting in the plaintiff successfully having his listing as a person associated with Al-Qaida annulled) will discuss some of the lessons emerging from such challenges.”
For more information and to book a place please click here for the WorldECR Forum (U S ) Programme 2015 .