On 19 March, KK&P Associate Nikita Chernyshenko acted as an arbitrator in the quarter-finals of the CJEU Moot Court Competition on lifting sanctions in the European Court.

On 20 March, KK&P Managing Partner and Head of Sanctions Maxim Kulkov helped determine the winners of the Moot Court.

The participants considered a fictitious dispute in which quasi-European sanctions were imposed on a quasi-Russian businessman. The case was based on The Inhabited Island, a fictional story by the Strugatsky brothers, and the life of people on the planet Saraksh in conditions of irreconcilable struggle between neighbouring states.

As a result of an armed conflict between two states, Maxim Kammerer’s construction company becomes subject to international sanctions due to it being an enterprise associated with the government of the aggressor state and being a source of its additional income. Kammerer files a claim challenging the imposition of such sanctions with the General Court of the Island Empire.

The teams presented positions in English regarding issues of error in assessing facts, violation of the principle of proportionality in relation to the adoption of restrictive measures, and the right to effective judicial protection.

Following the results of the Moot Court, an awards ceremony was held. The Lomonosov Moscow State University team took first place.

KK&P congratulates the winners of the competition. The firm traditionally provides internships to the best participants. This year, the holders of the internship certificate were Tatyana Chesnakova and Valery Stalev from Lomonosov Moscow State University.

The other arbitrators of the Moot Court were Sergey Glandin (BGP Litigation) and Sergey Eremin (Nikolskaya Consulting).

The CJEU MOOT COURT COMPETITION on Sanctions Law was held for the first time this year. The primary purpose of this moot court is to encourage students’ interest in the continuously evolving field of sanctions compliance and to enhance their practical skills, which can be effectively applied in their future professional career.