US renews trade sanctions on Cuba

The US has extended its trade sanctions on Cuba for another year, until 14 September 2017.  In December 2014, President Obama announced his goal of normalising relations with Cuba after decades of hostility, and the US has steadily eased its sanctions on the country since that time. However, he announced on Tuesday that continuing the sanctions was in the national interest of the US.

In June, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough set out the factors behind the Obama administration’s policy of rapprochement with Cuba (see previous blog).

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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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