Chatham House panel on Iran post JCPOA


Maya Lester QC is chairing a panel at Chatham House on Iran post nuclear / sanctions agreement on 3rd October 2016 at 6pm. The panel will discuss the impact of lifting sanctions on Iran, whether economic and other benefits are being realised a year on, the position of financial institutions and businesses, and the impact of upcoming events including US and Iranian elections and Brexit. Panelists are from RUSI, the University of Alabama and Chatham House. Details here.




Lords to hear evidence on sanctions listings

imagevaulthandler-aspxMaya Lester QC is giving evidence to the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee on the legality of the EU sanctions listing process on 11th October 2016 at 11 am.  Details here.  The sub-committee is interested in issues including the reasons for court annulments, the fairness of the listing and re-listing processes, the role of parliamentary scrutiny in the listing process. Please send any views to



Panel discussion on challenging UN sanctions

sanctionsPlease come to a panel discussion on  ‘challenging United Nations targeted sanctions before domestic courts’ hosted by the Arab Legal Forum at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 26-28 Tudor Street, London, EC4Y 0BQ, on Thursday 6 October 2016 at 6pm.  The panel will examine the judgment of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in Al Dulimi and Montana Management Inc v Switzerland (see previous blog) and its impact on the rights of individuals and entities to challenge sanctions. 

Maya Lester QC (of this blog) will be speaking, along with Judge Kimberly Prost (former Ombudsperson for the UNSC Al Qaida Sanctions Committee) and Antonios Tzanakopoulos  (Associate Professor in Public International Law, St Anne’s College, Oxford). Details and registration here

Panama papers may suggest sanctions breaches

The so-called ‘Panama papers’ leaked from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, consist of 40 year’s worth of records (some 11.5 million) for 214,488 entities connected to people in more than 200 countries, including emails, spreadsheets, corporate records and personal data. The press have reported that a number of the documents suggest attempts by sanctioned companies and people to circumvent sanctions.  Link here to interviews on this topic today on BBC News and Radio 4’s The World at One with Maya Lester QC of this blog.


The London Centre of International Law Practice is holding a conference on International Sanctions: Legal, Policy and Business Challenges on 19 March 2015 at Arundel House, 13-15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX.  Maya Lester is speaking.  The conference programme is here and the related workshop on 17/18 March here.