The EU has today published a new Decision and Implementing Regulation re-listing the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRISL), and a number of companies alleged to be connected with IRISL, on the EU’s sanctions measures concerning Iran. This is the first EU listing decision since the announcement of the Joint Plan of Action on Sunday – see previous blog.  HM Treasury has published a notice on these new measures.

We previously reported that IRISL (and a number of other companies) won its application to annul its designation in the General Court of the European Union on 16 September 2013.  That judgment has not been appealed to the European Court of Justice.  We also reported that the European Council has re-listed a number of Iranian companies and individuals that also won their applications for annulment, including shipping agency companies HTTS and Good Luck Shipping (blog on Good Luck Shipping’s case here).  As explained here,  the Council then amended the criteria for inclusion in the EU’s Iran sanctions list to widen the categories of targeted individuals and entities.

Judgment will be handed down in Luxembourg on 12 December 2013 in the case of Nabipour & Ors, an application for annulment by 11 individuals said to be connected with IRISL or its subsidiaries.  Maya Lester acts for IRISL and the other applicants in IRISL’s case, Good Luck Shipping, and the individuals in the Nabipour case.

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About Maya Lester

Maya Lester is recommended in the legal directories as a leading junior in the fields of Administrative & Public Law, Competition & European Law, Civil Liberties & Human Rights. She was selected by The Times as one of the 10 Future Stars of the Bar in 2008, and was nominated in 2010 and 2011 for Competition/EU Junior of the Year at Chambers Bar Awards. She has particular expertise in European Union and United Nations targeted sanctions, and has represented hundreds of designated individuals and companies in the European courts. She has extensive experience of all areas of Competition and European Union law, including in relation to regulatory investigations, abuse of dominance, cartels, free movement, fundamental rights and freedoms, actions for annulment in the General Court, and references to the Court of Justice. She is described as "stellar" (Chambers & Partners 2013), "fiercely bright and hardworking" (Legal 500 2012), and a "top-notch performer" (Chambers & Partners 2011). In her wide ranging Public Law, Human Rights and Public International Law practice, Maya Lester regularly appears for and advises individuals, companies, government departments, regulators and public interest groups. She is a member of the Attorney General's B Panel of Junior Counsel to the Crown and Freedom of Information Panel, and is vetted for National Security work. She is described as "a fantastic junior" in Administrative & Public Law, and "clearly very bright and focused" with "great attention to detail". Maya Lester is regularly involved in cases of an international nature, having been educated at Yale Law School (after Cambridge University), Columbia Law School (New York) as a Visiting Scholar, has spent time working at the European Court of Justice and is currently a Bingham Centre Fellow researching targeted sanctions regimes.


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