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Blocking Regulation: The first step towards solving the conflict of laws between EU and US sanctions

The Court of Justice of the EU has interpreted for the first time the Blocking Regulation. The ruling confirms that it is possible to terminate contracts with a US designated person without ...


The UK’s Department for International Trade publish export control enforcement data for 2021

Between March and November 2021 HMRC issued compound penalties in respect of unlicensed exports of dual use goods, military goods and related activity controlled by the Export Control Order ...


The EU broadens scope of sanctions on Belarus

The EU has expanded the listing criteria for specific designations under the Belarus sanctions regime that targets those that facilitate illegal crossing of the EU’s external borders. ...


Afghanistan: OFSI issues updated charity sector guidance on additional sanctions and remittance

On 1 November 2021, the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation (OFSI) published an updated charity sector guidance regarding the UK’s humanitarian activity following...


The EU and UK adopt additional comprehensive sanctions on Belarus

The European Union and the United Kingdom have each significantly expanded the scope of their sanctions against Belarus in response to the forced Ryanair aircraft landing in May. The new...


UK launches new Global Anti-Corruption sanctions regime

On 26 April 2021, the UK launched the Global Anti-Corruption sanctions regime against individuals and organisations responsible for serious international corruption. The first wave of...


New UK guidance on controlled technology transfers

On 22 March 2021, the UK Government published new official guidance on exporting military or dual-use technology.


UK pushes back timetable for post-Brexit border checks

On 11 March 2021, the UK government announced that it is extending the existing post-Brexit import customs declarations deferment from 1 July 2021 until 1 January 2022, meaning full customs ...


UK sanctions three Myanmar military officers for serious human rights violations

Following the military coup on 1 February 2021 and subsequent human rights violations, the Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office added three Myanmar military officers to the UK...

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