Tag Archives: International Law

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EU Official Calls for Invalidation of EU–U.S. Safe Harbor Pact

A European Court of Justice (ECJ) advocate general, Yves Bot, has called for the European Union–U.S. Safe Harbor Agreement to be invalidated due to concerns over U.S. surveillance practices (press release here, opinion here). The ECJ has discretion to reject the recommendation, but such opinions are generally followed. A final decision on the issue is expected to …

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Coming to America: Foreign Manufacturers Looking to Produce in the U.S.

China Proposes “RoHS 2” Framework for Comment National Law Review

There’s been buzz about Keer Group lately, the Chinese textile company that opened a cotton mill this year in South Carolina.  China has long been seen as the global capital of textile manufacturing, due in part to their low production costs and seemingly endless supply of cheap labor.  But Keer Group found the rising costs in …

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Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations Face Tighter Timeline as Talks Continue

Trade ministers announced that they will continue negotiations over several unresolved provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) during a four-day meeting in Maui, Hawaii that concluded July 31. Trade ministers representing the 12 Pacific Rim countries included in the free trade deal remain optimistic about negotiations and said in a joint statement that they are …

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BIS Removes Cuba as State Sponsor of Terrorism in Regulations

On July 22, 2015, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), an agency of U.S. Department of Commerce, amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to reflect Cuba’s removal from designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. The Secretary of State rescinded Cuba’s designation on May 29, 2015. As part of Cuba’s removal from designation as a State Sponsor of …

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The Problems and Advantages in Taking Your Company International: A Conversation with Karen Klein, General Counsel to Hotel Tonight, Inc.

In just under two weeks, the 15th Annual Inside Counsel Super Conference kicks off in downtown Chicago. If previous years are any indication, the event will be packed with a diverse group of senior level audience participants. The speaking faculty is comprised of over 80 In-House Counsel, and more than 80 % of the attendees …

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The European Court of Justice Overturns, Unfreezes EU Iran Sanctions

In a series of recent rulings, the European Court of Justice overturned economic sanctions issued by the Council of the European Union (EU) on several Iranian banks and shipping lines.  On September 6 and 16, 2013, the Court halted sanctions on Persia International Bank plc, Bank Refah Kargaran, Export Development Bank of Iran, Post Bank …

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Politics and Consequences: An Update on U.S. Sanctions Against Iran

Since Hassan Rouhani’s election to the Iranian presidency, some U.S. leaders have expressed interest in diplomatic talks with Iran.  It is currently unclear whether any such talks will ever occur, or on what terms.  In the face of ongoing uncertainty, the U.S. sanctions program against Iran has continued to develop in a piecemeal sometimes inconsistent …

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It’s Time to Register for the 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery!

On October 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of State will begin accepting requests to register for the 2015 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program (DV-2015), also known as the Green Card Lottery. The Diversity Lottery Program provides a path for foreign nationals to become permanent residents of the United States regardless of whether they have a family …

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The Financial Crises in Detroit and Spain and a New Round of Deaccessioning Debates

When public institutions are suffering from financial deficits, one question is usually raised: can they sell art to survive? In the museum world it is generally understood that you are to deaccession art only if the work is duplicative of another work in the collection, or for similar collections-related reasons, and the sale proceeds are …

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International Group Structures Are Subject to An Ongoing Review for Optimizing Their Tax Position

The recent trends show that offshore jurisdictions are off the corporate agenda in view of the increased scrutiny and decreased levels of acceptance from both fiscal and corporate social responsibility perspectives. Client feedback confirms the following rationale for moving corporate tax planning solutions onshore: Increased scrutiny on tax havens and statutory requirements regarding tax substance, …

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