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On 11 April 2017, the Council extended EU sanctions against Iran, which will now be in place until 13 April 2018.

The sanctions have been in place since 2011, and consist of:

  • a travel ban and an asset freeze against 82 people and 1 entity;
  • a ban on exporting to Iran equipment which might be used for internal repression and equipment for monitoring telecommunications.

These sanctions relate to serious human rights violations and are separate to those relating to Iran’s nuclear programme, which were lifted by the Council on 16 January 2016.


Ross Denton is a partner in Baker McKenzie’s European Community, Competition & Trade Department in London and member of the Baker McKenzie Japanese Practice Group. He also served as coordinator of the Firm’s International Trade & WTO Practice Group. Ross routinely advises US and Japanese multinationals on EU and UK competition matters and international trade law issues. In addition to his practice, Ross contributes to a number of publications, including Laws of the European Communities and Encyclopedia of Information Technology. He is a member of the UK Customs Practitioners Group and the World Trade Lawyers Association.