Iraq lifts international flight ban to Kurdistan region

Aeroplane.jpgIraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has lifted an international flight ban to its Kurdistan region after Kurdish authorities agreed for the Erbil and Sulaimaniyah airports to come under federal control, reporting to Baghdad’s Ministry of Interior. The ban was imposed in September 2017 as part of a sanctions package in response to the region’s independence referendum.

Last month, the Iraqi Parliament voted to lift sanctions against 4 banks in the Kurdistan region on the basis that the measures “had fulfilled [their] objective” in enforcing federal control over the Kurdish banking system (see previous blog here).

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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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