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United States: Federal Appellate Court Restores Lawsuit Against French Bank by Victims of Sudanese Regime’s Atrocities

(June 6, 2019) The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently revived a tort lawsuit brought by victims of the Sudanese regime’s atrocities against BNP Paribas (BNPP), a French bank convicted in 2015 of evading US sanctions on Sudan.  (Kashef v. BNP Paribas SA, No. 18-1301 (2d Cir. 2019) (Kashef), US Court of […]

United States: Federal Appellate Court Rejects Suit to Hold Bank Liable for Soldier’s Death by Iranian Explosive in Iraq

(Jan. 2, 2019) The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently affirmed a lower court’s decision to dismiss plaintiff Rhonda Kemper’s complaint against Deutsche Bank (the Bank) for failure to state a claim under 18 U.S.C. § 2333, commonly referred to in judicial opinions as the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). (Kemper v. Deutsche Bank […]

Iran: Space Agency Aims to Train Specialists in Space Law

(Nov. 7, 2018) The Iranian Space Agency (ISA) and the University of Tehran’s Institute for Studies in Public Law signed a memorandum of understanding in late-August 2018 providing for the University to train specialists in space law “to increase Iran’s role in international assemblies and secure national interests.” (Iran Expanding Space Law Studies, EGHTESAD ONLINE […]

Israel: Knesset Adopts Law to Prevent Distribution and Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction

(May 24, 2018) On March 7, 2018, the Knesset (Israel’s Parliament) passed the Prevention of Distribution and Financing of Weapons of Mass Destruction Law, 5778-2018 (the Law). The Law declares its objective as the prevention of the distribution and financing of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and includes among the means to accomplish this the […]

United Nations/North Korea: Additional Sanctions Adopted

(June 7, 2017) On June 2, 2017, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2356 (2017), sponsored by the United States, “to extend the number of individuals and entities targeted by sanctions first imposed under resolution 1718 (2006) — an asset freeze and travel ban for those involved in the Democratic People’s Republic of […]

Israel: Embargo on Providers of Support for Iran’s Program of Weapons of Mass Destruction

(Aug. 30, 2012) On July 25, 2012, the Knesset (Israel's parliament) passed the Law on the Struggle Against Iran's Nuclear Program, 5772-2012. The stated primary objective of the Law is to impose sanctions on individuals and on corporations that assist Iran in promoting its nuclear program or in obtaining weapons or carriers of weapons of […]

European Union: Renewed Sanctions Against Iran

(Aug. 9, 2010) In July 2010, the European Union adopted a Council Decision to expand its existing sanctions regime against Iran. In the last few years, the EU has put in place a series of restrictions against Iran, either by implementation of resolutions adopted by the United Nations Security Council or as unilateral measures. The […]

Iran: Nuclear Protection Achievement Bill Adopted into Law to Retaliate Against Foreign Sanctions

(July 16, 2010) It was reported on July 8, 2010, that in order to protect the country's national interests, the Majlis (Iran's Parliament) had adopted a law to retaliate against foreign unilateral sanctions and in response to a United Nations sanctions resolution, ratified by the U.N. Security Council on June 9, 2010, that also permits […]

United Nations: Arms Embargo Against Somalia Strengthened

(Dec. 3, 2008) On November 20, 2008, the United Nations Security Council, through the unanimous adoption of Resolution 1844 (2008), strengthened the arms embargo on Somalia established under Resolution 733 of 1992 and amended by subsequent resolutions. Resolution 1844 specifies sanctions against violators and expands the mandate of the U.N. Committee established in 1992 to […]