Gibraltar sanctions laws & Grace 1 designation

In March, Gibraltar enacted the Sanctions Act 2019, which provides for “automatic recognition and enforcement of UN, EU and UK sanctions”, and allows Gibraltar to make separate designations if necessary. Guidance here.

Last week (3 July) Gibraltar adopted Sanctions Regulations 2019, which gives power to designate and detain “specified ships” if the Chief Minister has “reasonable grounds to suspect that the ship […] has been, or is likely to be, involved in a breach of the EU Regulation”. The Grace 1 was seized on 4 July on the grounds that the vessel was suspected of carrying crude oil to the Banyas Refinery in Syria, which is owned by a designated person, see post and Specified Ship Notice. Gibraltar’s government has also issued a press release stating it can now confirm that Grace 1 was “loaded to capacity” with crude oil.

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Maya Lester QC

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...

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