Media

The following are seminars & webinars, panel events & debates, podcasts, interviews, and evidence sessions in which Maya Lester KC and Michael O’Kane discuss sanctions issues.

  • Seminars & Webinars
    • Webinar with UK Government on ownership and control, 20 November 2023
    • Webinar “Sanctions on China: where are we heading?”, with Michael O’Kane, Maya Lester KC, David Wolber, Cindy Yu and Chloe Cina, 2 May 2023
    • Maya Lester KC’s ‘Review of UK sanctions’ at the City & Financial Global Sanctions Summit, 31 January 2023
    • UK Finance ‘Sanctions School‘ webinar series with Maya Lester KC in Episode 1 and Episode 3, released 5 October 2022
    • Webinar on UK sanctions with Giles Thomson, Director of OFSI, Maya Lester KC and Michael O’Kane, 6 September 2022 (see UK Finance’s overview and transcript of the webinar here)
    • Webinar “What next on sanctions if Russia invades…?”, with Maya Lester KC, Adam Smith and Chloe Cina. Hosted by Michael O’Kane, 27 January 2022
    • Webinar with Maya Lester KC on UK, EU & US sanctions (16:42-34:21 minutes and Q&A), Collyer Bristow, 7 July 2021
    • Virtual Seminar with Maya Lester KC and Michael O’Kane on the UK and EU Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime, Volterra Fietta, 25 March 2021
    • C5 Conference Webinar with Maya Lester KC on the UK’s new sanctions regime post-Brexit and points of divergence with the EU, 17 June 2020
    • Webinar on Economic Sanctions after Brexit with Maya Lester KC, MBL, 28 February 2019
  • Panel Events & Debates
    • Panel Event, Brick Court Chambers Sanctions Soirée (description of the event available here), 11 May 2023
    • Tortoise ThinkIn, “Welcome to Londongrad: why does London still attract so much dirty money?” with Michael O’Kane, Bill Browder and Dame Margaret Hodge MP, 3 March 2022
    • Debate at Thomas Reuters “Are Sanctions Fair and Effective?” with Maya Lester KC, 4 September 2019
    • Brick Court Chambers ‘Sanctions after Brexit’ event, 21 June 2018 (see blog)
  • Podcasts
    • Podcast “FATF’s Unintended Consequences: The Future”, with Michael O’Kane for RUSI’s Financial Crime Insights Podcasts, 8 October 2021
    • Podcast with Maya Lester KC and Lord David Anderson of Ipswich KBE KC on “Stepping outside the law”, Brick Court Chambers, 25 March 2021
    • Podcast “Getting the Partnership Right” with Michael O’Kane for RUSI’s Suspicious Transaction Report, 1 March 2021
    • Podcast “The Other Side of Sanctions” on Suspicious Transaction Report, Season 2: High Risk Thinking at RUSI’s Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies with Maya Lester KC and Michael O’Kane, 29 June 2020
    • Dentons’ Business Crime and Investigations Podcast, Episode 2, with Maya Lester KC, October 15 2019
    • Podcast on US Sanctions & Economic Warfare: Impact for Europe, ECFR, 4 December 2018
    • BIICL Podcast on The Sanctions and Money Laundering Act 2018 with Maya Lester KC, July 2018
  • Interviews, Quotations & Publications
    • Michael O’Kane quoted in “How western greed fuelled Putin’s rise and enabled his war machine” by Borzou Daragahi for the Independent
    • Maya Lester KC discusses Russia sanctions on BBC Radio 4 TodayBBC Radio Wales BreakfastBBC NewshourBBC ScotlandBBC Radio 5 Live and Times Radio on 22 and 23 February 2022
    • Michael O’Kane discusses Russia sanctions on LBC News (from 45:20), 22 February 2022 Podcast “Expert Review: Episode one – Economic sanctions: Russia, Brexit, and beyond”, with Maya Lester KC, 31 January 2022
    • BBC World News interview with Maya Lester KC discussing sanctions & Afghanistan, 24 August 2021, post
    • BBC Radio 4 interview with Maya Lester KC discussing sanctions & Afghanistan, 24 August 2021 (no longer available)
    • Interview with Maya Lester KC on CGTN on US sanctions on Iran, 22 October 2020
    • Interview with Maya Lester KC on Al-Jazeera: “Is Trump’s Maximum Pressure Campaign Working?”, 21 September 2020
    • Interview with Maya Lester KC on Al-Jazeera: US attempt to snapback Iran sanctions at the UN, 20 September 2020 (no longer available)
    • Interview with Press TV on the impact of US sanctions on Iran’s ability to deal with the coronavirus, 9 March 2020 (no longer available)
    • Foreword to Sanctions in Europe, World ECR Books, by Maya Lester KC, 3 February 2020
    • The Kadi Case: Maya Lester KC recalls working on the Kadi case with David Vaughan CBE KC, July 2018
    • The Sanctions & Anti-Money Laundering Act 2018WorldECR, June 2018 (Issue 70)
    • Economic sanctions have been a foreign policy tool of choice for some time, Counsel magazine, February 2017
    • What are the four things you would change about the EU’s sanctions regimes if you could? Interview with C5 on 4 November 2016
    • Syria sanctions: Interview on Monocle Radio on 28 October 2016
    • The Panama Papers: BBC Radio 4 interview (The World at One) on sanctions issues on 5 April 2016 (no longer available)
    • Interview on Russia sanctions on The Report (BBC Radio 4) on 9 April 2015
    • Hamas de-listing: interview on Australian radio on 19 December 2014 (no longer available)
    • Profile in Christian Science Monitor on 8 May 2014
    • Profile on Foreign Policy on 2 May 2014
    • Interview on Russia sanctions on New York public radio on 6 May 2014
  • Evidence Sessions
    • Evidence session for Lords European Affairs Committee on UK Russia sanctions (blog post)
    • Transcript of Foreign Affairs Committee on Future of UK Sanctions Policy with Maya Lester KC, UK Parliament, 2 April 2019
    • Oral Evidence to Foreign Affairs Committee on Future of UK Sanctions Policy with Maya Lester KC, UK Parliament, 2 April 2019
    • Evidence session on sanctions policy after Brexit before the Lords EU External Affairs Sub-Committee on 20 July 2017 (blog post)
    • Evidence session on review of Canada’s sanctions by parliamentary commitee (Maya Lester KC as expert witness)
    • Evidence session on EU Sanctions before the Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee on 11 October 2016 (blog post)
    • Presentations on sanctions cases in the EU court, Hague Centre for Law and Arbitration, 19 July 2013