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Focus on Government: Canada’s new cabinet

Yesterday, Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, and the new Liberal cabinet formally assumed its duties after being sworn in at Rideau Hall. This took place after the Governor General accepted...more

House Votes to End Crude Oil Export Ban

On October 9, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 261-159 to end the 40-year-old ban on the export of domestic crude oil. The bill has been sent to the Senate for consideration, where it is unclear if it will be passed....more

Key Policy Initiatives from Canada's New Liberal Government You Need to Anticipate

The Canadian election last week (October 19) produced a new government under Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau. Defying speculation of a minority government, the Liberals won a clear majority, defeating the NDP and Stephen...more

Preparing for Implementation Day - EU Approves Regulations to Relieve Irananian Sanctions

The EU introduced several new regulations1 on 18 October ('Adoption Day') to prepare to eventually terminate Iranian sanctions measures. Adoption Day marked 90 days after the endorsement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of...more

Focus on Government: Canadian Federal Election 2015

With polls now closed and the longest federal campaign in recent Canadian political history officially over, a Liberal government is the new reality for Canada. In winning the election, the Liberals become the first...more

Africa Update - October 2015 #2

Leading the News - Libya: On October 8th, The Washington Post provided an update on the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) activities in Sirte, Libya. Since taking hold of Sirte earlier this year, ISIL...more

US China Trade War

The October blog post will be broken up into two parts. This October 15th post will comment on the TPP Agreement signed today and well as President Xi Jinping’s recent trip to the US and my impressions from Beijing, China...more

United States v. Microsoft: ‘Global Chaos,’ Outdated Legislation And a Judge’s Plea to Congress

The Second Circuit’s challenge in considering the validity of a U.S. Stored Communications Act warrant to Microsoft for e-mails located on servers in Ireland involves interpreting the SCA, which was enacted nearly three...more

Iran Nuclear Deal Survives Congressional Review Period, But Opponents Are Not Conceding Defeat

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran survived its first major test last month when the United States Congress failed to pass a resolution of disapproval that would have prevented U.S. implementation of the...more

Ending the Crude Oil Export Ban

On September 17, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed a bill to end the 40-year-old ban on the export of domestic crude oil. The Committee vote was passed by a Republican majority, with three Democrats adding their...more

Project CAMERASHY Details Cyberespionage By China’s Military

In a story reminiscent of a Tom Clancy plot, the Wall Street Journal reported last Thursday on “meticulously documented” cyberespionage conducted by China’s People’s Liberation Army (“PLA”) Unit 78020 to further strategic...more

Africa Update - September 2015 #4

Leading the News - Burkina Faso: On September 17th, U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice condemned the unconstitutional seizure of power by elements of the Presidential Security Regiment in Burkina Faso and...more

Obama Administration Further Eases Restrictions to Aid Implementation of Cuba Policy

On Monday, September 21, 2015, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) implemented amendments to the Cuban...more

White House Announces Next Steps in Easing of Cuban Embargo But Broad Restrictions Remain in Place

On September 21, 2015, new amendments that further relax restrictions in the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) will take effect. In anticipation of the amendments’...more

German Federal IT Committee Issues New Restrictions for Cloud Service Providers

Last month the German Federal Government IT Advisory Committee ("Federal IT Committee") issued new cloud computing service criteria for all prospective vendors to German Federal Agencies. Cloud services providers who offer,...more

Will The Carbon Plan Survive?

Almost everyone has an opinion about big topics in litigation like marriage equality and Obamacare, but almost no one has an opinion about the Clean Power Plan. The CPP is one of the most far-reaching regulatory initiatives...more

The War Against Cyber Threats: President Obama Ups the Ante

Focusing on overseas cyber threats, President Obama issued an Executive Order on April 1, 2015, which grants authorization to impose sanctions on individuals and entities engaged "in malicious cyber-enabled activities that...more

Supreme Court Update: Zivotovsky V. Kerry (13-628), Mellouli V. Lynch (13-628) And Order List

The Court issued only one decision this week, but it was a biggie: Zivotovsky v. Kerry (13-628), aka the "Jerusalem passport case," which will surely find its way into the separation-of-powers chapter of Con Law casebooks in...more

Slowing President Obama's Cuban Mambo

In December of last year President Obama announced what many had predicted he wanted to do since his first inauguration day – restore U.S. relations with Cuba. Six years into his presidency and hamstrung by the 1996...more

The U.S. Crude Oil Export Ban: An Outdated Relic Of The Past

The ban on the export of domestic crude oil dates back to a time when members of Congress did not have computers and Richard Nixon was president. Much has changed in the past 40 years. Today, that antiquated law is severely...more

Senate adopts Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

On May 7, 2015, the US Senate voted 98-1 to adopt the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (the "Act"). The Act is the culmination of months of legislative maneuvering and a debate over foreign policy and separation of...more

White House Imposes Sanctions on Venezuela

On March 9, 2015, pursuant to authority contained in the recently enacted Venezuela Defense of Human Rights and Civil Society Act (Act), President Obama issued an executive order (EO) declaring a national emergency with...more

Bridging the Gap to Cuba

Last December, President Barack Obama announced a series of changes to the United States’ policy toward Cuba. The most significant changes, from a foreign policy perspective, included restoring diplomatic relations with Cuba...more

US Sanctions as Diplomacy Tools and Political Weapons: Complexities and Opportunities for the Business Community

Sanctions: Why So Hot Now? - In response to a number of foreign policy crises encountered over the past few years, the Obama Administration has sought a new and more aggressive approach to using sanctions to advance US...more

U.S. Shift in Policy Eases Cuba Sanctions and Opens Door for New Opportunities

The Obama Administration recently announced it will undertake efforts to repair diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba and end decades of political estrangement and economic isolation of the island nation....more

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