EU General Court rejects Samir Hassan’s Syria case

The General Court has dismissed Samir Hassan’s application to annul his listing on the EU’s sanctions on Syria in Case T-790/14 Hassan v Council.

The Court said that his position as Vice President for Syria’s bilateral business council with Russia satisfied the criterion that he benefitted from or supported the Syrian regime, and it therefore did not need to consider the other reasons for his inclusion.  The Court rejected (as it usually does) Mr Hassan’s proportionality and presumption of innocence arguments, and his claim for damages, since the Council’s conduct in listing him was not unlawful.

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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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