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On September 19, 2020, the US State Department issued a press release announcing the re-imposition of sanctions against Iran pursuant to the snapback process under UN Security Council Resolution 2231, the resolution that essentially terminated all UN sanctions on Iran pursuant to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (“JCPOA”). At the same time, the international community has rejected this unilateral US attempt to snapback UN sanctions. To implement the snapback of UN sanctions, on September…

On August 27, 2020 the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) published a long-awaited advance notice of proposed rulemaking (“ANPRM”) seeking public comment on criteria for identifying “foundational technologies” that are essential to US national security with a view to imposing export controls on such uncontrolled technologies. BIS will use the public comments during the interagency process aimed at developing new export controls on foundational technologies. After the interagency process is finalized, BIS will…

On July 22, 2020, the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) published a final rule (“Final Rule”) adding eleven Chinese entities to the Entity List (the “XUAR Designees”) due to their alleged involvement in human rights abuses including mass arbitrary detention, forced labor, involuntary collection of biometric data, and genetic analyses targeted at Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (“XUAR”). The Final Rule also provided modifications and revisions of thirty-seven existing entries on…

On August 6, 2020, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (“FEMA”) issued a temporary final rule extending and modifying FEMA’s previously imposed restrictions on the export from the United States of certain personal protective equipment (“PPE Products”) used in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic (“Extension Rule”). The original restrictions on exports of PPE Products imposed by FEMA were published on April 10, 2020. The Extension Rule became effective today, August 10, 2020, and will be…