House of Lords EU Committee report on EU foreign policy

The House of Lords EU Select Committee has published a report suggesting that the EU should rethink its current foreign and security policy in a number of ways.  As regards EU sanctions policy, the Committee’s view is that EU sanctions have had some notable successes.  In particular, EU sanctions on Russia have “convincingly deterred further Russian aggression in the eastern neighbourhood”, and sanctions on Iran were “critical in securing a nuclear deal”; sanctions were key in keeping Iran “at the table negotiating in a serious way”.  The Committee considers that “the EU will be essential in order to deliver a credible sanctions package” as part of the strategy to resolve the crisis in Syria.  The report summarises interesting evidence from a number of witnesses on the use of EU sanctions, in particular relating to Russia.

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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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