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Pushkin House Law Panel: Russia, Ukraine and International Sanctions

  1. Language: in English

How are international sanctions actually brought to bear?  What is their legal basis and how can they be challenged?  And how do they affect the rest of us in our work?  In the context of fighting in Ukraine and tensions between Russia, the US and the EU, Sam Knights, of the Bar Human Rights Committee, chairs a discussion between Tim Owen QC and Raza Husain QC of Matrix Chambers, the analyst Oleg Babinov, Director of Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia at the Risk Advisory Group, Irina Tymczyszyn, Partner at Bryan Cave, and US sanctions specialist Randy Bregman, a Partner at Dentons.  This event is run in conjunction with the British Russian Law Association.

Doors open and bar: 6.30pm; Talk: 7pm-8pm

Irina Tymczyszyn specialises in international arbitration and commercial litigation at global law firm Bryan Cave LLP. She leads the firm’s CIS Team, which provides services to former Soviet Union clients, particularly those in Ukraine and Russia, as well as to the US and Western clients investing in Eastern Europe or doing business in the region. Irina was born in Ukraine and is an English-qualified solicitor with considerable experience in multijurisdictional cross-border disputes for major international clients. Her main focus is advising on disputes relating to shareholders' and investment agreements, construction agreements, agreements relating to oil and gas industries, and fraud. Irina has acted as counsel in numerous international arbitrations both ad hoc and under the institutional rules such as LCIA, ICC, Swiss Chamber of Commerce and others. Also, she has been appointed as arbitrator in a number of international arbitration cases. Irina is a regular speaker on English contract law and international arbitration issues at specialist law seminars in the former Soviet Union, lecturing in Ukrainian and Russian.


Oleg Babinov graduated from Moscow State University. He spent the 1990s as a consultant, advising Russian companies undergoing privatisation and restructuring. Oleg joined Risk Advisory in 1997 as director of the Moscow office. A seasoned expert both the intricacies and the wider picture of business in Russia, Oleg advises corporations seeking to invest in the economies of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He is a regular lecturer in economic crime in Russia and the CIS and was elected chairman of the security committee at the Association of European Businesses in Russia.  He has headed the Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia Practice at Risk Advisory since 2003.


Raza Husain specialises in public law, with an emphasis on immigration and human rights. Raza was appointed silk in 2010, and nominated in 2013 year as Human Rights Silk of the Year, having previously been awarded Human Rights and Public Law Junior of the Year by Chambers Bar Awards in 2007. In 2013 Raza was listed among the top 100 silks at the UK bar. Over the last ten years, Raza has been instructed in almost 30 House of Lords/Supreme Court cases. Since the Supreme Court opened in October 2009, he has appeared (successfully each time) as leading counsel in 10 Supreme Court cases.


Randy Bregman is a partner in Dentons' Public Policy and Regulation practice.Randy has focused his practice on the CIS for more than25 years and has significant experience in corporate and trade matters. He advises Russian and Western clients in a diverse range of industries, including banking and finance, oil, steel, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and consumer goods. He has also supervised litigation and administrative disputes in Russia.Randy regularly advises corporations and investors on issues related to compliance with anti-bribery laws and practices. He is a specialist in US sanctions issues and is closely involved with recent developments related to the new Russian sanctions regime. Randy has assisted both US and Russian companies in dealing with these new regulations.


Samantha Knights is a barrister at Matrix practising in public law (including immigration and prison law); commercial law and arbitration. She has acted on a number of cases concerning Russia and the CIS in both her public and private law practice including Zatuliveter (deportation of an alleged Russian spy); commercial proceedings of large Russian telecommunications company in Bermuda; and commercial arbitration under Kazakh law. She also acts as a consultant to the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre which assists CIS lawyers bringing cases to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. She speaks Russian, French and English and is recommended in both Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500 in the areas of civil liberties and immigration.


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Tim Owen QC is a founder member of Matrix chambers and specialises in criminal, public and human rights law.  He advises individuals and corporations on the implications of UN, EU and domestic sanctions regimes and has appeared in both criminal and public law challenges to the legality of sanctions and asset freezing measures.  He defended Russian citizen Ekaterina Zatuliveter before the Special Immigrations Appeals Commission in her challenge to the Home Secretary's decision to deport her as a Russian spy and he acted for Andrey Lugovoy before the inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko."


Doors open and bar: 6.30pm; Talk: 7pm-8pm