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Economic sanctions

Charles has a growing practice in the law relating to economic sanctions imposed by the UN, the EU and domestic law. His expertise in EU lawhuman rights and international law makes him well placed to handle the overlaps between these areas which sanctions cases regularly involve. 

He is the co-author of an influential article on the implications for the relationship between EU law and ECHR law of the litigation relating to the impoundment of an aircraft in Ireland pursuant to the EU sanctions against the former Yugoslav regime: Human rights review of State acts performed in compliance with EC law: Bosphorus Airways v. Ireland (2005) EHRLR 649.

His recent work in this field includes:

  • Acting for the United Kingdom in Case T-715/14 NK Rosneft a.o. & others v. European Council and Joined Cases T-735/14 & T-799/14 Gazprom Neft v. Council in which the Russian energy companies Rosneft and Gazprom seek the annulment of EU sanctions targeted at the Russian oil sector in the light of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine (Council Decision 2014/659/CFSP as amended and  Council Regulation (EU) 833/2014 as amended).
  • Acting for Her Majesty’s Treasury in R (Ezz) v. HM Treasury [2016] EWHC 1470 (Admin), relating to Council Regulation (EU) 270/2011 concerning restrictive measures directed at certain persons, entities and bodies in view of the situation in Egypt. The case related to the provision in Article 4(1)(b), which is common to all EU sanctions regulations, that funds may be released where it is determined that they are “intended exclusively for reasonable professional fees associated with the provision of legal services”.

  • Advising the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (part of HM Treasury) on issues relating to the sanctions imposed on the former President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanokovych, and on other general matters of interpretation of the EU sanctions regime.