Tag Archives: UK

CETA UPDATE: CETA is signed; Provisional application of CETA and Brexit; First government-to-government meeting to discuss establishing the multi-lateral investment court system

On 30 October 2016, the EU and Canada signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (the CETA).  As explained in our blog post here, the text of the CETA, which was originally agreed in 2014, was subjected to "legal scrubbing" … Continue reading

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Trade Post-Brexit: What would a hard Brexit mean for international trade?

The UK’s vote to leave the EU brings with it the possibility of so-called 'hard Brexit'. Business needs to understand what Britain leaving the EU without a smooth transition to a new framework might mean for cross-border trade both within … Continue reading

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The recognition of new States at international law: UK Parliament passes motion on Palestine

When it comes to questions of recognition, “..there is probably no other subject in the field of international relations in which law and politics appear to be more closely interwoven.” (Hersch Lauterpacht, 1947) The Motion On 13 October 2014 a … Continue reading

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ECHR reaffirms State immunity from civil proceedings for acts of torture in Jones v United Kingdom

In the recent case of Jones and others v United Kingdom, the European Court of Human Rights (the Court) found that the United Kingdom had not breached Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right of access … Continue reading

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SFO brings first Bribery Act charges

The Serious Fraud Office (“SFO“) had its first day in court in a Bribery Act prosecution on 24 September 2013, with three of four defendants connected with a £23m fraud at Sustainable AgroEnergy plc (“AgroEnergy“) facing charges of making and … Continue reading

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UK: Myanmar (Burma) sanctions are lifted

As expected, the UK Government yesterday revoked the Burma/Myanmar (Financial Restrictions) Regulations 2009.  These regulations contained criminal penalties for breaches of financial sanctions.  The practical effect is that there are no more asset freezing and financial sanctions in respect of … Continue reading

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New EU Directive: Reporting by Extractive Companies on Government Payments

The European Parliament and Council of Ministers have agreed the final form of the new EU rules for the disclosure, on a project by project basis, of payments to governments by companies operating in the extractive  industries. The EU’s agreement … Continue reading

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EU takes steps towards easing Zimbabwe sanctions

Susannah Cogman and Jeremy Sher comment on the EU’s recent easing of the Zimbabwe sanctions regime. On 19 February 2013, the European Union (“EU“) took a small step towards easing its sanctions regime in relation to Zimbabwe.  Twenty one individuals and … Continue reading

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The UK court refuses permission for judicial review of a decision by UK government to provide intelligence to the CIA for use in drone strikes

On 21 December 2012, in R. (on the application of Noor Khan) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2012] EWHC 378 (Admin), the High Court refused permission for the judicial review of a ‘decision’ by the Secretary … Continue reading

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Iran sanctions update: New EU measures in force

On 22 December 2012, three new EU measures in relation to Iran were published in the EU Official Journal.  These expand the existing suite of EU sanctions, and are likely to be relevant to any EU companies, or persons within … Continue reading

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