As part of Chambers’ ongoing commitment to pro bono work, members of the Goldsmith Chambers, Immigration and Public Law, Crime and Civil Teams have been instructed by Hogan Lovells to provide a detailed Opinion on the repurposing of sanctioned assets for reparations for victims of human rights violations. The teams were tasked with identifying the architecture of a scheme which repurposes assets of designated individuals for the purpose of restorative justice.
The Opinion, which can be read here, considers the legal obligation for states to finance reparations of this nature, together with the existing mechanisms in place for the seizure, freezing and repurposing of assets. It is in this context that the teams are working with Hogan Lovells and the Global Survivors Fund to explore the legal architecture in this area and the avenues for establishing a fund resourced by assets seized under both international and domestic frameworks.
The Opinion was compiled by Anthony Metzer QC, Roderick Johnson QC, Sangeetha Iengar, Oliver Newman, Catherine Jaquiss and David Barr with legal research contribution from Samina Iqbal, Julia Needham, Sarah Pinder and Amy Held.