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Previously, I have published two articles in this International Law Blog that focus on the challenges of complying with the very complex U.S. export control and sanctions regulations.1 This article supplements these two articles, and focuses on the recently enacted Export Control Law of the People’s Republic of China that goes into effect Dec. 1, 2020. I also discuss why this regulation should matter to U.S. companies, large or small, with footprints in China. Background Since the beginning of President Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016, his rhetoric has focused on reversing Chinese influence in the area of trade, and…
Note: This article was originally posted on the Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren website. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has established a new mandatory internet-based electronic registration and lottery process for employers seeking to file H-1B petitions for beneficiaries that are required to be counted under the annual allocation of new H-1B slots. Benjamin T. Kurten, U.W. 1997, is a shareholder at Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C., Milwaukee, and is the chairperson of Reinhart’s immigration group. An H‑1B cap slot must be obtained in order for a foreign worker to engage in “new” H‑1B employment. “New” H‑1B…
The trade war between the U.S. and China has significantly disrupted the once predictable global trading system. Trade disruptions, however, are not anomalies – as U.S. trade policy since its founding has oscillated through periods of protections. In fact, the earliest such trade disruption occurred after the war of 1812, when Thomas Jefferson imposed a trade embargo on Britain. Because the current trade war is likely to persist for decades – one of the U.S.’s stated goals is to decouple its economy from the Chinese economy – any astute stakeholders should develop proactive strategies to tackle challenges that will likely…
Most of us are familiar with programs for older Americans – from Social Security and Medicare, to anti-discrimination and accessibility laws. While these programs are set up to help protect America’s seniors, population aging around the world is a looming concern as global Baby Boomers become retirees, while the younger generations delay or decide against parenting.1 This trend is creating a gap between the number of retirees and the number of people in the workforce,2 including those available to care for the elderly.3 Issues will presumably arise because many countries financially support their elderly population through government…
After 37+ years as a prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice – the last eight as President Obama’s appointee as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin – in March 2017, I resigned my position and turned to the next chapter. I believe in public service, and I believe in the rule of law, so I decided to commit time and effort to international pro bono projects that advance the rule of law, working with foreign judges, defense advocates, prosecutors, and police. com jvaudreuil33 gmail John Vaudreuil, U.W. 1979, practices in international pro bono rule of law projects…
On Dec. 1, 2018, while transferring planes at Vancouver International Airport, Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wangzhou, was arrested by Canadian authorities at U.S. request pursuant to an extradition treaty between the U.S. and Canada. The warrant was based on allegations of alleged Huawei’s conspiracy to defraud banks that had cleared money thought to be for Huawei, but was for Hong Kong-based Skycom Tech (an entity claimed to be controlled by Huawei) for the purpose of selling U.S. equipment to Iran in violation of U.S. sanction regulations. com ngosongf addison-clifton Ngosong Fonkem, West Virginia University College of Law 2011 (JD,…
With the longest government shutdown in U.S. history thankfully behind us in 2019, attention once again turns to the Trump Administration’s blitzkrieg on international trade. For international trade law practitioners, 2018 was a banner year, and the year trade lawyers will remember as the year that the rest of the Bar (and the public) suddenly understood what they do for a living. The year was punctuated by the Trump Administration’s resurrection of long dormant and unused statutes as a manner in which to effectuate trade policy – Section 301 of the Tariff Act of 1974 and Section 232 of the…
Judge Oliver Wendell Holmes famously wrote in The Path of the Law (1897): for the rational study of the law, the black-letter man may be the man of the present, but the man of the future is the man of statistics and the master of economics.1 Although it has been over a century since those statements were first memorialized, it appears Judge Holmes’ prediction is now a reality, as statistical methods are increasingly used not only to explain courts decisions, but also to prescribe recommended solutions to legal risks. com ngosongf addison-clifton Ngosong Fonkem, West Virginia University College of…
Every year, thousands gather in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for one of the largest gay pride parades in the world. Yet the few days of celebration stand in stark contrast to the lived reality of many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) citizens in Brazil. Violent crime has been on the rise in Brazil,1 and those numbers have reached dramatic levels for people of minority sexual and gender orientations.2 Brazil’s trans citizens are murdered at a higher rate than any other country in the world.3 The election of President Jair Bolsonaro, could potentially exacerbate these already dire conditions…
After more than 13 months of negotiations, more than nine rounds of negotiations, 34 chapters, and 13 side letters, a political push is now underway to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which will supersede the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – if ratified and adopted by Congress. com ngosongf addison-clifton Ngosong Fonkem, West Virginia University College of Law 2011 (JD, MBA) and Tulane Law School 2012 (LLM), is a senior advisor at Addison-Clifton LLC, Milwaukee, where he assists U.S. and foreign companies with U.S. trade law compliance and with conducting business in Asia. This follows from President Donald…
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Aug. 28, 2018, press release was to the point: “As part of an ongoing criminal investigation, special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) executed criminal search warrants at a North Texas business. HSI also arrested 160 company employees on federal immigration violations who were unlawfully working in the United States at the trailer-manufacturing business. “This ongoing investigation began when HSI received information that the company may have knowingly hired illegal aliens, and that many of the aliens employed at Load Trail were using fraudulent identification documents.” ICE’s announcement…