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Much Ado About Sanctions in the United States

The Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (the CAATS Act) of August 2, 2017 impacts sanctions related to Russia, Iran and North Korea.  Key among the changes is that it takes discretion out of the hands of the U.S. President to lift or change certain existing sanctions, particularly the sectoral sanctions imposed against Russia.  … Keep Reading

The Restrictive Measures Against Qatar: Watch Closely …

The unprecedented restrictive measures which Saudi Arabia, the U.A.E., Bahrain, and Egypt have imposed on Qatar last month could pose a greater challenge to international business than you might expect. The measures are difficult to navigate, making their scope opaque. Once you have taken the trouble to familiarize yourself with the activities that are being targeted, it will become clear… … Keep Reading

Export Controls Enforcement by the Dutch Court | Part 2: The Case of the Airline Company

In our previous post, we discussed the export controls enforcement case brought against a logistics provider. At the same date, the same court also issued a judgment against an airline company that had acted as a carrier of certain military goods. (Rechtbank Noord-Holland, nr. 15/994178-17, 24 April 2017). This second case contains some observations by the Court that are worth highlighting… … Keep Reading

Export Controls Enforcement by the Dutch Court | Part 2: The Case of the Airline Company

In our previous post, we discussed the export controls enforcement case brought against a logistics provider. At the same date, the same court also issued a judgment against an airline company that had acted as a carrier of certain military goods. (Rechtbank Noord-Holland, nr. 15/994178-17, 24 April 2017). This second case contains some observations by the Court that are worth highlighting… … Keep Reading

Export Controls Enforcement by the Dutch Court | Part 1: The Case of the Logistics Provider

Unlike in the US, few European countries disclose detailed records of the enforcement of export control regulations. The Netherlands are no exception to this rule. For their guidance, economic operators basically will have to depend on the odd court case. Remarkably, a Dutch court recently rendered two separate judgments concerning export controls enforcement at the same date. By Gerard Kreijen,… … Keep Reading

Applicability of U.S. Export Controls on Emerging Technology

As discussed in our previous post, the report published earlier this year by the EASME regarding the dual-use potential of certain Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) highlights the importance for companies in this area to be aware of the possibility of such technologies being or becoming subject to control under the EU Dual Use Regulation.   By Megan Gajewski Barnhill & Roland… … Keep Reading

Dual-use application of Key Enabling Technologies

A recent study report (accessible here), originally ordered by EASME (the European Executive Agency for SMEs), addresses the dual-use potential of Key Enabling Technologies (KETs). The report deserves the particular attention of SMEs involved in KET research and development, because the dual-use potential of these technologies, if realized, is likely to bring the activities of these SMEs within the scope… … Keep Reading

The Rosneft Judgment: CJEU upholds and clarifies Russia sanctions

In a recent judgement of 28 March 2017 (Case-72/15), involving PJSC Rosneft Oil Company (Rosneft), the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled on the validity of the EU sanctions against Russia and clarified some important issues concerning the scope of these sanctions. The judgement has drawn attention, because the interpretation and scope of the sanctions has… … Keep Reading

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