EU COURT REFUSES NITC INTERIM RELIEF

The General Court has rejected the National Iranian Tanker Company’s application for interim relief to suspend the operation of its re-listing on the EU’s Iranian sanctions pending the outcome of its application to annul its re-listing. Link to the judgment here – Case T-207/15 R National Iranian Tanker Company v Council.

NITC won its 1st EU annulment case in July 2014 (see previous blog), then was re-listed in February 2015 and made a 2nd application to annul that re-listing, on the grounds that (inter alia) it was an abuse of process to re-list it on the basis of the same facts as its original listing, which the Council had simply re-labelled. The General Court accepted that there is a prima facie case for the Council to answer, but held that the balance of the parties’ interests favoured the Council and interim relief was not necessary to prevent “serious and irreparable harm” given the possibility of financial compensation.  The EU Court has never granted interim measures in a sanctions case to date. Maya Lester acts for the NITC.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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