Sanctions Profile: Libya

At a glance

UN sanctions on Libya were first imposed in 2011, by UN Security Council Resolution 1970. They originally consisted of an arms embargo, along with targeted travel bans and asset freezes.

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US House of Representatives passes NDAA 2022 and Libya Stabilisation Act

The US House of Representatives has passed 2 bills which would authorise additional US sanctions if they enter into law. The National Defence Authorisation Act for Fiscal Year 2022 (NDAA): Repeals the current national interest waiver on Nord Stream 2-related sanctions (previous post); Authorises mandatory sanctions on foreign people/entities responsible for the planning, construction and operation of the pipeline; and …

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EU court annuls re-listing of former Libyan government minister

The General Court has annulled the 2019 and 2020 acts re-listing Abdel Majid Al-Gaoud, former Minister for Agriculture, Animal and Maritime Resources on the EU’s Libya sanctions. He was originally listed in 2011. Case T-700/19. Mr Al-Gaoud died in March 2021 and was de-listed by the EU in April 2021 (ie before the judgment; the case was maintained by his …


Switzerland designates 8 Nicaraguan nationals & de-lists 1 from Libya sanctions

The Swiss Federal Council has joined the EU in imposing asset freezes and travel bans on 8 Nicaraguan nationals, including the Vice President and First Lady Rosario María Murillo de Ortega. The designations were made in response to the “ongoing violation of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Nicaragua”. Notice and Press Release. See previous post for …

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Former Iranian atomic energy official de-listed following EU Court judgment

The EU has removed former Deputy Head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, Sayed Shamsuddin Borborudi, from its Iran sanctions list following the EU General Court’s June 2021 decision to annul his 2019 designation (previous post). Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1242 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1252. Sanctions against deceased Libyan General Tohami Khaled have also been lifted. Council Implementing …

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EU adds obstructing elections to Libya sanctions criteria

The EU has announced that its criteria for including people and entities on its Libya sanctions list now include “obstructing or undermining the elections planned for in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum Roadmap”. Council Regulation (EU) 2021/1005 and Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1014. This aligns with UN Security Council resolution 2571 (2021), which says that people or entities may be designated …


Current Sanctions



Council Regulation (EU) 2016/44

Parent Regulation

Council Regulation (EU) 2016/44

Amended by:

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/466

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/690

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/819

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1334

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1687

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2016/1752

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/488

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/489

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1325

Council Regulation (EU) 2017/1419

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1423

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1456

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/1974

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2006

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2017/2260

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/126

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/166

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/200

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/711

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/870

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1073

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1245

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1285

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/1863

Council Regulation (EU) 2018/2004

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1292

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/371

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1130

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1309

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2020/1380

Council Regulation (EU) 2021/1005

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2021/1241


Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333

Parent Decision

Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/1333

Amended by:

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/478

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2016/694

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2016/816

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2016/1340

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2016/1694

Council Decision (CFSP) 2016/1755

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/497

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/621

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1338

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1427

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1429

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1458

Council Decision (CFSP) 2017/1776

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/1976

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/2008

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2017/2265

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/132

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/167

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/203

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/476

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/713

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/872

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/1086

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/1250

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/1290

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/1465

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/1868

Council Decision (CFSP) 2018/2012

Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/1299

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/374

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1137

Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2020/1310

Council Decision (CFSP) 2020/1385

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1014

Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/1251

The Libya (Sanctions) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 (SI 2020/1665)