On Demand

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

1h 5m

Created on August 31, 2017




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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