Last week US senators Marco Rubio and Chris Van Hollen introduced the Defending Elections from Threats by Establishing Redlines Bill (DETER) seeking to deter foreign actors from interfering in US elections by threatening increased sanctions on Russia’s banking, energy and defence sectors and sovereign debt. A similar measure was introduced last year but never came to a vote.
Sanctions would be imposed under DETER if the US Director of National Intelligence determined that Russia or another foreign government had engaged in election interference. See Press Release and Bill, which has been referred to the House’s Committee for study.
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 >