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Sergey Glandin, Ph.D. in Law

Advocate. Special Counsel on Sanctions Law  |  vCard

As a practicing international lawyer and lecturer at the Chair of International Law, Law Department of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, Sergey has unique practical and theoretical expertise in the field of sanctions (restrictive measures) imposed by the US and the EU. He is currently teaching two special courses, which are possibly the only sanctions law courses available in Russia: "Attribution (Application) of International Responsibility of the State to Its Residents" and "Removal from Sanctions Lists at International and National Courts".

From 2012 to 2016, Mr Glandin was a lecturer at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Foreign Ministry, where he taught a general course in international law.

He represented a major Russian Forbes-100 businessman for more than five years; in particular, he provided advice on English law, current Russian law, and practice of their application, and also provided advice for sale of the beneficiary’s core asset in the Russian Federation and other assets in Morocco.

He has authored numerous publications on sanctions law, protection of rights and legal interests of Russian residents if they are added to the EU/ US sanctions lists and removed from these lists. He provided several comments on new sanctions developments and court decisions relating to removal from sanction lists in such media outlets as RBC, Forbes, Dozhd,, Kommersant, and Kommersant FM.

Relevant conferences

1. Roundtable "Legal Analysis and Legal Consequences of the US Sanctions Law against Russia and Russian Nationals". Moscow. Kutafin Moscow State Law University. 14.12.2017. Author of the concept and presenter.

2. Roundtable  "Western Sanctions and Russian Business: Compliance in the Era of New Challenges." Moscow, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 30.03.2018. Author of the concept, moderator, presenter.

3. Business Lunch "Sanctions Compliance: What Awaits Us, and How to Deal With It" Moscow Stock Exchange. 14.06.2018. Author of the concept, presenter.

Publications in Russian legal journals.

Extraterritoriality of American sanctions in action. International Justice (Mezhdunarodnoe Pravosudie). 2018. No.2. P. 105-122.

Adding and removing names to and from sanctions lists: what Western consultants won’t tell you. Collection "Economic sanctions against Russia: legal challenges and prospects" (Ekonomicheskie sankcii protiv Rossii: pravovye vyzovy i perspektivy)/ Edited by S.V. Glandin, M.G. Dorayev. M. Infotropic Media. 2018. P. 128-159.

European sanctions law as reflected in the first Russian cases in the Court of Justice of the European Union. International Justice (Mezhdunarodnoe Pravosudie). 2017. No.2. P. 80-93.

Is it possible to have your name removed from US sanctions lists? Legal Insight. 2017. No.2. P. 22-27.

Restrictive measures by the US and the EU against Russian residents. Comparative legal analysis. Russian Yearbook of International Law, 2016. 2017. SPb. Russia-Neva. P. 268-275.

Legal methods of removal from US sanctions lists. Legislation (Zakonodatelstvo). 2016. No.10. P. 70-78.

Significance of family connections for adding to or removal from EU sanctions lists. Legislation (Zakonodatelstvo). 2016. No. 8. P. 77-87.

Is it possible to have your name removed from EU sanctions list? International Justice (Mezhdunarodnoe Pravosudie). 2016. No.2. P. 46-60.

Lifting restrictive measures through the Court of Justice of the European Union. Russian Yearbook of International Law, 2015. 2016. SPb. Rossiya-Neva. P. 300-311.

Removal from sanctions lists through the European Court of Justice. Experience of Russia’s "allies". Legal Insight. 2015. No.10. P. 41-45.

The Court of Justice of the European Union on legal grounds for lifting restrictive measures (sanctions) against individuals. International Justice (Mezhdunarodnoe Pravosudie). 2015. No. 4. P. 103-117.

Online publications

A place in GLOMAG: what the new US Treasury sanctions regulations are all about. RBC, July 9, 2013

Disgraced senator: why Kerimov will remain under US sanctions in any case. Forbes, 02.07.2018

Ineffective article: why one cannot be punished for compliance with Western sanctions. RBC, 14.05.2018.

US sanctions and personal data. How much information can be made public?, 04/28/2018.

Of one blood: love for the State has put Russian oligarchs on sanctions lists. Forbes, 13.04.2018

Embezzlement of government assets, the European way. Case of Eduard Stavitsky., 26.03.2018.

Templates broken: will the EU be able to resist the US as it pushes forward sanctions. Forbes. 01.03.2018

A parcel got InStar Logistics added to sanctions lists. American prohibitions create risks for any international business., 15.02.2018.

The "Kremlin Report" and life after it., 30.01.2018.

Hacking sanctions: will cryptocurrencies help in circumvention of restrictions imposed on Russia. Forbes. 10.01.2018.

What to do if your CEO was added to US sanctions lists in the New Year. Instructions for lawyers., 27.12.2017.

Why the European Court of Justice won’t remove Sberbank and VTB from the EU sanctions list., 10.11.2017.

Control yourself. The role of US sanctions law is growing rapidly. Forbes. 16.10.2017.

Fined with Oriental generosity. How the court stopped the abuse of power by the US sanctions watchdog., 27.07.2017.

Western sanctions and removal from sanction lists. Legal Talk. Radio MediaMetrics, broadcast on 22.06.2017.

Critical move: checkmate. Dmitry Kiselev and propaganda in the decision of the European Court of Justice., 16.06.2017.

Compensation for unjustified addition to EU sanctions list., 08.06.2017.

Why Rosneft will remain on the EU sanctions list. EU Court on the future of "sectoral" restrictive measures., 19.04.2017.

The US vs the EU. Comparison of sanctions regimes., 15.04.2017.

Almaz-Antey will remain on the sanctions list. Conclusions of the European Court of Justice on the Russian company’s international liability., 20.02.2017.

Do sanctions work? Report by a quitting US administration official., 17.01.2017.

Sanctions outcomes of the year., 29. 12.2016.

Propaganda vs journalism: how to draw the line? Problems faced by the European Court of Justice in the case of Dmitry Kiselyov., 15.12.2016.

Win-win in a different way. What does the decision of the European Court of Justice in the Rotenberg case mean., 30.11.2016.

Evidential power effect of unverified information in international justice., 16.11.2016.

Sudden success of Syria on the sanctions front: the victory of legal certainty over the irresponsibility of the European Council., 17.10.2017.

Expansion of US sanctions - what is next?, 02.09.2016.

No help from abroad. Zimbabwe and removal from EU sanctions lists., 11.08.2016.

What are sanctions? Official interpretation of restrictive measures in European law., 28.06.2016.

Are things that bad for Rosneft? Prospects for challenging sanctions., 16.06.2016.

Sergey Glandin, Ph.D. in Law


Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences, PhD in Law

Membership of Professional Bodies

Russian Association of International Law

Association of International Maritime Law


  • Advising a Russian businessman on: (i) the risk of getting added to US/ EU sanctions lists, (ii) jurisdictions that may add him to sanctions lists; (iii) assumed grounds for possible adding to sanction lists; and (iv) possible ways out if added to sanction lists.
  • Advising family members of a federal official included in US and EU sanctions lists on changes in their usual way of life and legal consequences for them.
  • Preparing recommendations on regional sanctions for an Austrian clothing and footwear retailer regarding sales to regional markets.
  • Sanctions due diligence on a prospective counterparty of a subsidiary of the Russian diversified financial and industrial conglomerate and assessment of sanctions risks at the start of a planned entry into a new business.
  • Conduct of a case for recovery of EUR 70 million under investment contract in the High Court of Justice, London.
  • Conduct of a case for recovery of EUR 4.5 million of debt in two court instances of the British Virgin Islands.
  • Getting a financial institution to revoke decision to close a financial investor’s account following removal of his name from database of high-risk parties