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Cases before the European Union Courts (Court of Justice & General Court​)

Case T-715/14 NK Rosneft a.o. & others v. European Council; Joined Cases T-735/14 & T-799/14 Gazprom Neft v. Council (hearings on 13 and 14 December 2017, judgments awaited)
Three applications to the General Court by the Russian energy companies Rosneft and Gazprom for the annulment of EU sanctions targeted at the Russian oil sector in the light of Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in Ukraine, contained within Council Decision 2014/659/CFSP as amended and  Council Regulation (EU) 833/2014 as amended. (Sole Counsel for the UK Government).

Case C-528/16 Confédération paysanne v. Premier Ministre (hearing on 3 October 2017, judgment pending)
Reference from the French  Conseil d’État on whether mutagenesis is excluded from the scope of the provisions of EU legislation relating to genetically modified organisms, and if not whether the relevant legislation is invalid having regard to the precautionary principle. (Sole counsel for the UK Government).

Case C-214/16 King v. The Sash Window Workshop Ltd ELCI:EU:C:2017:439
On the remedies for breach of a worker’s right under Article 7 of the Working Time Directive 2003/88 to paid annual leave of at least four weeks. The issues include the relationship between the principle of procedural autonomy and the principle of effectiveness. (Sole counsel for the UK Government).

Case C-490/16 AS v. Republic of Slovenia ELCI:EU:C:2017:585 and Case C-466/16 Jafari ELCI:EU:C:2017:586
Two conjoined cases before the CJEU Grand Chamber concerning how the allocation of responsibility between Member States for processing asylum claims under Regulation 604/2013 (the ‘Dublin III regulation’) is to be assessed in the context of the high profile migrant trains’ carrying Syrian refugees during 2015 in particular. (Sole counsel for the UK Government).

Case C-150/15 Der Bundesbeauftragte für Asylangelegenheiten v. N (settled following the written observations stage)
On the proper approach to assessing whether an individual is entitled to protection under the Qualification Directive due to restrictions on religious freedom in his/her country of origin. (Sole counsel for the UK Government).

Case C-542/13 M'Bodj v. État Belge [2015] C.M.L.R. 16 (Grand Chamber)
On whether a seriously ill failed asylum seeker whose removal to their country of origin would be contrary to Article 3 ECHR falls within the scope of the Qualification Directive and is therefore entitled to the benefits conferred by that Directive. (Sole counsel for the UK Government).

Case C-562/13 Centre public d'action sociale d'Ottignies-Louvain-La-Neuve v. Abdida [2015] 2 C.M.L.R. 15 (Grand Chamber)
On whether the removal of a failed asylum seeker suffering from a serious illness to a country where appropriate treatment is not available can in some circumstances be contrary to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and, if so, the EU law consequences of that for the host Member State's ability to remove them. (Sole counsel for the UK Government).

Case C-507/12 St Prix v. Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2013] 1 C.M.L.R. 38
On whether a woman from an EU Member State who, having worked in the UK, gives up work due to the demands of pregnancy remains a “worker” for the purposes of Article 7 of the Citizenship Directive and therefore retains a “right to reside” in the UK, bringing with it rights to social security benefits. (Junior counsel for the AIRE Centre, led by Jemima Stratford QC).

Case C-186/10 Oguz v. Secretary of State for the Home Department [2012] 1 W.L.R. 709
A preliminary reference from the Court of Appeal in which the CJEU held that a Turkish national who enters the UK lawfully but establishes a business in breach of his conditions of stay is not precluded by the ‘abuse of rights’ principle under EU law from relying on the standstill clause in the EEC-Turkey Association Agreement when he subsequently applies for further leave to remain in the UK on the basis of the business which he has established.