EU Sanctions Regimes to be scrutinised by Lords Committee

05 February 2014

The House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on External Affairs will scrutinise tomorrow how EU sanctions regimes stand up to legal challenge.

The Lords Committee is looking at the ways that individuals and entities affected by EU sanctions have been contesting them in court, including the grounds on which sanctions have been overturned. 

Maya Lester, a barrister who has expertise in sanctions and has appeared in leading sanctions cases, and Philip Moser QC, who also has particular expertise in UN and EU sanctions cases and has appeared in leading cases, will both give evidence to the Committee on Thursday 6 February.

Questions they will face include:

  • What factors lie behind recent court challenges to the EU’s restrictive measures?
  • Do the legal challenges reflect weaknesses in the current sanctions process?
  • What can be done to address any such weaknesses?
  • Are there flaws in the procedures that cover the listing, delisting and potential re-listing of those to be sanctioned?
  • How could the situation be improved in relation to sharing classified information in courts?

The evidence session will take place at 10.05am on Thursday 6 February in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords.

The session will be webcast at and is also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament’s Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.

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