UK Supreme Court confirms the limited scope of state and diplomatic immunity from employment claims: Benkharbouche and Reyes

The post below was first published on our PIL blog In two judgments handed down on 18 October 2017, the Supreme Court (the “Court”) has allowed certain employment claims made by foreign nationals employed as domestic workers at the embassies of foreign states and a diplomat’s residence to proceed despite claims of immunity. The judgments consider … Read more

UK GOVERNMENT INTRODUCES NEW SANCTIONS AND ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING BILL

The post below was first published on our FSR blog On 19 October the UK Government published the text of a proposed new Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill (the “Bill”), which seeks to create a post-Brexit domestic legislative framework for the imposition and enforcement of sanctions. The introduction of the Bill follows the publication on 2 … Read more

UK Government’s Future Partnership Paper on Foreign policy, defence and development: including proposals for co-operation on sanctions, cyber security, and the defence and security industries

The UK Government has released a Paper outlining the UK’s proposals for a future partnership with the EU regarding foreign policy, defence and development. The Paper highlights the UK’s shared interests and values with the EU regarding foreign policy and defence, and the UK Government’s offer and intention to work closely with the EU in … Read more

Enforcement and dispute resolution under the Withdrawal Agreement and any future relationship agreement: no role for the CJEU….or is there?

The post below was first published on our Arbitration blog. On its face, the thrust of the UK Government’s Future Partnership Paper on Enforcement and Dispute Resolution (the Paper), published on 23 August, is to rule out the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to determine the enforcement of rights … Read more

UK GOVERNMENT PUBLISHES RESPONSE ON THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR SANCTIONS POST-BREXIT

The post below was first published on our Public International Law blog. On 2 August 2017, the UK Government published its response to the public consultation on the UK’s future legal framework for imposing and implementing sanctions after the UK’s exit from the European Union (see our previous blog post). The response sets out detailed … Read more

PRIVILEGES AND IMMUNITIES GOVERNMENT POSITION PAPER – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The post below was first published on our PIL blog. Prior to the next round of Brexit negotiations, on 13 July 2017 the Government published a position paper on the privileges and immunities enjoyed by the EU institutions, agencies and representatives in the UK in the context of Brexit. The paper recognises that, even after … Read more

The European Court of Justice renders its opinion on the EU-Singapore free trade agreement: investment chapter is not within EU’s exclusive competence

The post below was first published on our Arbitration blog On 16 May, 2017 the European Court of Justice (the Court) rendered its Opinion on the competence of the European Union to conclude the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Singapore. The Opinion recognises exclusive EU competence over most of the agreement and largely settles a long-standing … Read more