Maya Lester QC of this blog is speaking at these 2 sanctions events coming up in London, details on links below:
- 6th C5 Conference on International Dispute Resolution involving Russian and CIS Parties 26 – 27 January 2017 | “Update on Russia sanctions: What’s in the Pipeline” at 10:00 AM on 27 January.
- 3rd AML, Financial Crime, and Sanctions Forum | 31 January – 1 February 2017 | “Recent Legal Developments in International Sanctions” at 9:50am on 1 February.
Estonia’s Parliament has voted to introduce sanctions on foreign people determined to be guilty of human rights abuses, under similar provisions as are in force in the US under the Magnitsky Act. The new sanctions would prevent the entry into Estonia of anyone found to have taken part in human rights abuses that resulted in the “death or serious damage to the health of a person” or their “unfounded conviction…for criminal offence on political motives”.
Earlier this month, it was reported that MPs in the UK are set to vote on similar sanctions on human rights violators (see previous blog). The US Congress voted this month to extend the scope of the Magnitsky Act, which currently applies only to Russian citizens, to encompass human rights violators globally.
The ACI is hosting its 2nd Asia Pacific Summit on Economic Sanctions Compliance and Enforcement on November 17, 2016 in Singapore. Lawyers from the USA, UK, Myanmar, Singapore, Hong Kong, Singapore will address topics including:
- Iran: What is and is not allowed for companies and their subsidiaries and a practical review of Geneal License H, I, G
- Russia/Ukaraine: review of current restrictions and how to apply the 50% rule
- Myanmar: how to protect your company amid new business opportunities
- Facilitation Risks: What is “facilitation” and how to minimize risks stemming from intermediaries, distributors, financing and shipments.
- Case Studies: Inside ZTE, Huawei, Barclays and others
Sanctions compliance officers and counsels from HSBC, GE, OCBC, Hitachi, Maersk Line, Vista Outdoor (US) will be present. You can register and save an extra 10% off when you use code P10-999-ESB17. Visit www.AmericanConference.com/SanctionsSingapore for more details and to register online.
The American Conference Institute is holding its 2nd Asia Pacific Summit on Economic Sanctions Compliance and Enforcement on 17 November 2016 at InterContinental Singapore, Singapore.
The conference hosts experts from around the globe, including the United States, Hong Kong, and Singapore, to discuss the latest trends and compliance challenges facing companies in a variety of industries. It also offers the chance to network and share knowledge with colleagues from the worlds of banking, manufacturing, government, law, and more.
Group discounts are available for 3 or more people. www.AmericanConference.com/SanctionsSingapore for more details or to register online. A 10% discount is available to EU Sanctions readers with the code P10-999-ESB17.
The House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee heard evidence today on the legality of the EU sanctions listing process (see previous blog). The session may now be streamed here. Maya Lester QC’s written evidence to the committee is available here and her supplementary evidence is here.
As we announced here, next Tuesday (11 October 2016) the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee will hear evidence on the legality of the EU sanctions listings process.
The committee has now published details, here. It will hear from Paul Williams, Andrew Murdoch and Matthew Findlay of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Maya Lester QC (of this blog) and Michael Bishop (Senior Legal Adviser in the EU Council Legal Service).
Topics for discussion are: the legality of the Council’s process for listing and re-listing sanctions, what value Parliamentary scrutiny can add to this process, and the implications of Brexit for future UK alignment with EU sanctions. Please send any views to firstname.lastname@example.org
Brick Court Chambers has launched a blog tracking the legal issues arising out of Brexit. A link is here; you can enter your email address for free updates. The blog tracks the legal issues arising out of Brexit, and will include issues of foreign policy & sanctions.
The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee published a report in April on the implications of the UK’s referendum on EU membership for its role in the world. On EU external relations (which includes sanctions) the report:
- Includes a useful diagram on how EU sanctions decisions are made.
- Notes that leaving the EU would remove the UK’s influence over EU sanctions instruments. “EU sanctions on Russia, for example, would probably have been weaker without the UK’s Prime Minister arguing within the EU” in favour of a strong response.
- Says the UK has “been in a leading role in bringing EU policy in behind its own preferred policy and is “one of the most influential players in driving EU foreign policy”. The UK helped lead a negotiated resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue, and the imposition of economic sanctions on Russia.
- States that following a Brexit the UK would have to “re-assess its sanctions regimes…as it would no longer be bound by the EU’s collective rules”.