Review of European Union Sanctions on Terrorism. Recent Developments in Case Law: the LTTE Case


University of Bucharest, Faculty of Law

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to analyse the recent case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union with regard to the restrictive measures to combat terrorism. It will attempt to outline the primary conclusions drawn from this case law, as well as to evaluate the diverging views between the General Court and the Grand Chamber on the interpretation of the EU legal act governing terrorism sanctions. Departing from this debate, the paper will highlight the consequences of the prevailing views rendered by the Grand Chamber and how these will affect the future practice of EU in the field.

Key-words: international sanctions, terrorism, European Union law.

* Radu Mihai Şerbănescu has graduated the University of Bucharest, Faculty of Law (2009), the LLM in Public International Law (2010) and the LLM in European Union Law (2011) at the same faculty. He is currently in the fifth year of doctoral studies at the Faculty of Law. In this capacity, he has been in charge of certain seminars on Public International Law and International Organisations and Relations for the second year of undergraduate studies. Previously, he has been a research assistant at the Research Center for Criminal Studies at the Faculty of Law. He has worked for the Department of Legal Affairs of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he was also the Head of the Office on the Implementation of International Sanctions. Currently, he works with the Romanian permanent mission to the European Union. The opinions expressed in this paper are solely the author’s and do not engage the institution he belongs to.

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