The Legal Directorate of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) has published its annual report today on its achievements in 2013-2014 and priorities for next year. The Directorate advises the FCO on legal policy and provides litigation services in UK and international courts.
The following are the comments from its International Institutions and Security Policy Team on its sanctions work.
In addition to advising on the development and implementation of UN and EU sanctions regimes and drafting 14 Orders in Council implementing sanctions in the UK’s Overseas Territories, the FCO notes the “increased volume of litigation on sanctions at EU and domestic level”. “Defending UN and EU sanctions regimes in the domestic and EU courts” is listed as a priority. The report states that “analysing how to respond to the European Court of Justice’s Kadi II judgement has been a significant area of work.” The FCO has, according to the report, “continued to implement new ‘smarter sanctions’ procedures for analysing the impact of sanctions and the robustness of sanctions designations across all sanctions regimes and worked with policy colleagues to ensure that new listings proposals, including those involving non-disclosable information, gain full support at UN and EU level.”