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Introduction to U.S. Export Controls and Sanctions (Update)

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Course Information

Time 1h 5m
Difficulty Beginner
Topics covered in this course: International Administrative

Course Description

The U.S. Export control and sanctions regime is a complex and constantly-changing system involving numerous administrative agencies and government regulations. The penalties imposed on individuals and companies for violating these laws and regulations can be significant.

In this course, Douglas Jacobson, a DC-based trade attorney with Jacobson Burton Kelley PLLC, introduces viewers to the complex framework governing U.S. export controls and sanctions laws, including regulations and the steps necessary on how U.S. and non-U.S. companies should comply with these laws and regulations.  

The course provides an overview on how to determine which agency governs the export of goods, software, and technology from the U.S., whether the export of goods, software or technology requires an export license and the various restrictions on destinations and end-users. This program also describes the numerous changes made to U.S. export controls on defense items and parts as a result of the U.S. Export Control Reform effort. In addition, the course provides an overview of the numerous sanctions regulations administered and enforced by the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control ("OFAC") as well as discussing the issues associated with screening parties against various restricted party screening lists, including OFAC's Specially Designated Nationals ("SDN") List and the restricted party screening list administered by BIS. Mr. Jacobson also uses actual cases brought by BIS, DDTC and OFAC to provide insight on the types of violations and issues that could trigger enforcement actions on companies and individuals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Grasp the rationale for export controls/sanctions laws and regulations
  2. Gain insight on the various U.S. export control and sanctions laws, regulations and agencies that impact U.S. and non-U.S. companies
  3. Identify export controls jurisdiction, the order of review, and the impact of  the U.S. Export Control Reform effort on products and companies
  4. Address the criminal and civil penalties for violating export controls and sanctions laws and regulations
  5. Discuss practical insight and knowledge that will be useful for U.S. and non-U.S. compliance personnel and counsel

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Douglas Jacobson

Jacobson Burton Kelley PLLC

Doug Jacobson has more than 25 years of experience representing U.S. and non-U.S. companies on a wide range of international trade-related issues. He serves as principal outside international trade counsel to a number of U.S. and non-U.S.-based multinational companies that import, export and produce a wide range of products, including oil and gas equipment, medical devices, electronic products, industrial, defense and aerospace products.

Prior to establishing Jacobson Burton Kelley PLLC, Doug practiced international trade law with several well-known law firms in Washington, DC.

With respect to export matters, Doug counsels clients on compliance with U.S. and multilateral regimes governing the export of dual-use items, software, technology, defense articles and humanitarian products. He assists companies in understanding and navigating the complex rules set forth in the U.S. Export Administration Regulations (EAR), the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the various sanctions regulations administered by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). Doug also represents companies in enforcement proceedings conducted by the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), BIS' Office of Antiboycott Compliance, the State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) and OFAC.

Doug served as the BIS and OFAC approved independent auditor in one of the largest criminal and civil export controls/sanctions enforcement cases brought by those agencies. 

Doug also advises companies on the legal and regulatory aspects of importing goods into the U.S. He assists U.S. importers in performing internal customs audits and implementing and maintaining effective internal customs compliance programs. He represents clients before U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in focused assessment audits, NAFTA verifications, penalty investigations and enforcement actions as well as the U.S. Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission in trade remedy cases. Doug also advises companies regarding the U.S. regulations governing the classification, valuation and marking of imported products.

Doug also has extensive experience in advising and training companies on compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. He also served as an expert witness on Incoterms in a high-profile patent litigation matter in U.S. Federal Court.

In addition, Doug has served as an expert witness on US sanctions laws and Incoterms® and sanctions matters in U.S. courts and international arbitrations.

Doug is the author of a number of articles on international trade compliance topics and is the editor and publisher of International Trade Law News, a Web-based compilation of news and information on export controls, sanctions and other international trade issues.

Doug is active in a number of international trade organizations and serves as general counsel to the National Council on International Trade Development and served as co-chair of the export committee of the American Association of Exporters and Importers.

Doug is active in a number of international trade organizations. He is currently general counsel to the National Council on International Trade Development (NCITD). He is a member of the American Association of Exporters and Importers' Board of Governors (AAEI) and served as co-chair of AAEU's export committee.

He is a frequent speaker on international trade matters. Doug serves on the faculty of Lawline, a leading provider of continuing education courses to attorneys, the Export Compliance Training Institute and the AWA Foreign Trade Academy in Germany. 

Doug is a Senior Advisor of the Trusted Trade Alliance, a global network of leading trade practitioners.

He is ranked by Chambers and Partners as a leading export controls and sanctions attorney in the United States.

Doug received a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin (1983), a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from Washington University in St. Louis (1987), and a Juris Doctorate from the American University's Washington College of Law (1990), where he was an editor of the American University Law Review.

He is a member of the District of Columbia and Maryland Bars and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of International Trade and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Taline S.

Very interesting and comprehensive presentation. The topic is very complicated but the instructor was effective in distilling it in a clear way for a beginner audience.

Lisa L.

Very Interesting

Lawrence M.

Exceptional encyclopedic

Christine W.

Effective and knowledgeable presenter.

Benjamin S.

Thank you!

Nick M.

I have been a bit familiar with export control since 2006. I have attached several BIS Conferences, an ECTI Conference and spoken with outside counsel. I have had lots of trouble retaining information. The single most important reason why I enrolled with Lawline was this very course. I am extremely please. The course was fantastic. I will definitely recommend it to others.

David H.

Excellent speaker and presentation materials. Thank you.

Harold S.

Important information. It would be helpful to get a list of the Russian companies affected, or information on how to find such lists.

Joy A.

great presentation

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