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Blog Series: Sanctions Enforcement Around the World

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On 26 September 2023, the US Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) announced that the “Five Eyes” countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States) issued joint guidance (“Five Eyes Guidance”) identifying high priority items critical to Russian weapons systems and urging specific actions to prevent diversion of these items to Russia through third countries. This comes just a few months after the Five Eyes countries established a coordinated effort on…

This week in our Sanctions Enforcement Around the World series, we bring you the view from the Czech Republic. What are the recent sanctions enforcement trends in the Czech Republic? While historically the Czech Republic has had legal tools to enforce the international sanctions, the actual enforcement activities of the Czech authorities were rather limited in the past. In reaction to the EU and subsequently also national sanctions targeting Russia and Belarus, the Czech Republic…

On 28 June 2023, the US Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) announced that the “Five Eyes” countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States) have agreed to formally coordinate on export control enforcement, with a particular emphasis on the export controls targeting Russia and Belarus, which have been a core tool in the broader sanctions toolbox. Baker McKenzie has deep export controls expertise in four of the Five Eyes countries: …

This week in our Sanctions Enforcement Around the World series, we bring you the view from Belgium. What are the recent sanctions enforcement trends in Belgium? Before Russia took the decision to recognise the non-government controlled areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine and to send troops into the region, a limited number of judicial proceedings related to violations of Union restrictive measures were reported. With the introduction of the first package of…