The General Court of the European Union (4th Chamber) gave judgment on 12 December 2013 in Case T-58/12 Nabipour & Ors v Council. The case concerns the designation of 11 individuals on the EU’s restrictive measures against Iran (an asset freeze and travel ban) in December 2011. All were added to the list because of positions they were alleged to have held with the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Line (IRISL) or companies said to be owned or controlled by IRISL; most worked for shipping management companies.
The General Court has ordered their designations to be annulled for the following reasons:
The European Council has two months in which to appeal to the European Court of Justice. Maya Lester acted for the applicants, and also for 5 of the same applicants in their ongoing judicial review proceedings against the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office in relation to their designations (Sarkandi & Ors v FCO).
Maya Lester QC is a senior barrister (Queen’s Counsel) at Brick Court Chambers with a wide-ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. The legal directories say she is the...See profile for Maya Lester QC >