Monthly Archives: May 2013

Lunch seminar on the Pringle judgment – 6 June


Thanks again to those of you who participated at our first brown bag lunch seminar in London on 16 May. It was great to see you, and we are delighted that everyone seemed to enjoy the format of our meeting, which allowed for a very interesting and lively discussion of recent sanctions cases. For those of you who could not attend the seminar, please note that Maya Lester (Brick Court Chambers) and Piet are organising a conference on sanctions later this year. We will keep you posted and would like to draw your attention to the blog on sanctions, which Maya set up together with Michael O’Kane:

We would also like to invite you to our second lunch time seminar, which will take place on Thursday 6 June, at UCL Faculty of Laws (Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG), from 12:30 to 14:00. We will be looking at the European Court of Justice’s decision C-370/12, Thomas Pringle v Governement of Ireland, Ireland and The Attorney General of 27 November 2012, and are happy to announce that Professor Alan Dashwood (University of Cambridge, City University London) has kindly agreed to open our discussion with some introductory remarks.

It would be great if you could let Piet or me know if you are planning to come along.

Anne Thies


Lunch Seminar on EU Sanctions Policy

On 16 May we had our first EUGlobal lunch seminar, at UCL Laws.  There was a nice group of participants, and the discussion was wide-ranging, informative and thoughtful.

I gave a short introduction, focusing in particular on the Kadi saga, including the recent Opinion by Advocate General Bot.  Maya Lester, of Brick Court Chambers, then talked about other sanctions cases.  Maya is very active in this area as counsel for persons and entities challenging EU sanctions in the EU Courts.

The discussion focused on issues such as the appropriate standard of review.  Parallels were made with trade remedies cases, where there is intense scrutiny of procedural issues, but not of substantive assessments.  The limits of those parallels were highlighted though, in that a procedural review of the listing of a person is difficult to dissociate from a review of the actual material at the basis of the listing.  Reference was made to different traditions of judicial/constitutional review, in continental Europe (procedural) as opposed to the US (substantive).  However, those traditions are not necessarily reflected in the practices regarding review of listing decisions.  The discussion then moved to the treatment of secret evidence, which is at the heart of the judicial review issue.

We got off to an excellent start with this seminar, which showed the strong interest in the issues on which the interest group focuses.

Piet Eeckhout

Sanctions Blog

EU Global afficionados may be interested in this blog on European sanctions:

EU Global Lunch Seminar – Recent Case Law on EU Sanctions



The ‘UK branch’ of our Interest Group (basically Anne and I) think it may be nice to set up a couple of brown-bag lunch seminars, on current issues related to the EU as a Global Actor.

Our first seminar will be on Thursday 16 May, at UCL Faculty of Laws (Endsleigh Gardens, London WC1H 0EG), from 12.30 to 2 pm.  We suggest looking  at recent case law on EU sanctions, including the Opinion of Advocate General Bot in Kadi II (Joined Cases C-584/10 P, C-593/10 P and C-595/10 P) – but also other recent case law, on regime sanctions.

I will kick off with a short introduction.  The idea is to have a general discussion.  We are also very much open to suggestions for further Interest Group activities.  We do plan to have a second lunchtime seminar on 6 June, same location – further details to be advised.

Piet Eeckhout