On 24 October 2017, the Swedish government proposed stricter rules on weapon export. The proposal suggests that the destination country’s democratic status shall be of central consideration in a licence application. The less democratic standing, the harder to get approval for the export of the military equipment. No licence will be approved if there are serious violations on human rights or demerits on the country’s democratic standing. Also, whether the export countervails a sustainable development in the country will be considered during a licence application.

The government has also appointed the advisory authority, Inspectorate of Strategic Products, to research and propose a control system for the exported military equipment. This is aimed to obtain additional tools to ensure that military equipment brought out of Sweden goes to intended recipients, thus preventing diversion to unauthorized recipients.

Moreover, a researcher will analyse how to consolidate the national guidelines for the export control related to military equipment with the international requirements.

 The rules are proposed to enter into force on 15 April 2018.


Mattias Hedwall is the Global Chair of Baker McKenzie's International Commercial & Trade Group and supervises the International Commercial & Trade Group in Stockholm. He joined Baker McKenzie in 1996 and has more than two decades of legal experience. Mattias has for many years been on the Stockholm office’s board of directors and is currently the chairman of the board. Mattias has authored a number of articles on Swedish and International Business and Commercial law, and has published a handbook on commercial contracts. He gives presentations and training on focus areas where he is experienced. Mattias supervises the Baker McKenzie co-operation with Stockholm School of Economics (Sw. Handelshögskolan).