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General Court of EU rejects IRISL challenge to re-listing

In Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines v Council [2017], the General Court of the EU decided that the Council of the EU could re-list entities even after they had won annulments challenging a previous listing. The applicants, Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (‘IRISL’) and 10 other entities, were first made subject to restrictive measures aimed at applying pressure on Iran to curtail nuclear proliferation in 2010.

The listed entities brought a successful action for annulment of the listing. In 2013, IRISL was re-listed on the grounds that it had been involved in the shipment of arms-related material from Iran in violation of paragraph 5 of Security Council Resolution 1747 (2007). The other entities were considered to be linked to IRISL.

IRISL challenged its re-listing, but was unsuccessful in the judgment released on 17 February 2017. The General Court confirmed the Council’s power to re-list IRISL and the other entities, despite the annulments.

 

The judgment can be found here:
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A62014TJ0014

 

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