Initial ICJ hearing in Iran’s sanctions case against USA

ICJWe reported last month that Iran has brought proceedings against the USA in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague over the 8 May US decision to withdraw from the JCPOA and reimpose sanctions on Iran. See Iran’s application and ICJ press release. Iran’s claim is that the US reimposition of sanctions violates the Treaty of Amity, Economic Relations, and Consular Rights (1955) between Iran and the USA.

The Court is currently hearing Iran’s request for provisional measures to prevent further damage pending the hearing of Iran’s main claim. Timetable of hearings here. In response, the US Department of State announced that “Iran’s filing with the ICJ is an attempt to interfere with the sovereign rights of the United States to take lawful actions, including re-imposition of sanctions, which are necessary to protect our national security. The proceedings instituted by Iran are a misuse of the Court”, and that the US “will vigorously defend against Iran’s meritless claims this week in The Hague”.

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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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