The International Enforcement Law Reporter

The International Enforcement Law Reporter is a monthly print and online journal covering news and trends in international enforcement law.

Since September 1985, the International Enforcement Law Reporter has analyzed the premier developments in both the substantive and procedural aspects of international enforcement law. Read by practitioners, academics, and politicians, the IELR is a valuable guide to the difficult and dynamic field of international law.

World Bank Publishes Sanctions Board Decisions

The World Bank has decided to increase its transparency by publishing the recent decisions issued by the World Bank Sanctions Board.  The Board, established in 1999, has sanctioned over 500 groups for fraud and corruption, and has disbarred them from participating in World Bank-financed operations.  Seven decisions were issued in the most recent announcement.  The entire list can be found at http://www.worldbank.org/sanctions. 

Canadian Killer Arrested after International Manhunt

Luke Rocco Magnotta, a Canadian citizen, has been arrested by German police in Berlin.  Mr. Magnotta was sought for in connection with the murder of Jun Lin.  Mr. Magnotta also allegedly committed cannibalism, and mailed the severed limbs of Mr. Lin to Canadian police, which sparked international interest in the murder.  Mr. Magnotta fled Canada following the murder, but police identified him throguh fingerprint evidence as the killer.  Mr. Magnotta was arrested at a Berlin internet cafe, whose owner became suspicious when he recognized Mr. Magnotta's face. 

Supreme Court Rejects Assange Extradition Appeal

Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has had his appeal against extradition to Sweden rejected by Britain's Supreme Court this Wednesday.  Mr. Assange has been accused of rape.  The legal question at the center of the appeal was whether or not the Swedish prosecutor could issue a European Arrest Warrant for Mr. Assange.  The Supreme Court ruled that the prosecutor was indeed a "judicial authority," and could issue such a warrant.  Mr. Assange has 14 days to challenge the ruling.

California State Teachers' Retirement System Files Suit Against Wal-Mart

The California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS) has filed a lawsuit against 27 Wal-Mart executives, alleging corruption and bribery.  The group alleges that the actions of Wal-Mart officials caused financial harm to shareholders, of which CalSTRS owns millions.  The group will have to prove that the company officials acted out of self-interest rather than in the interest of the company, or that the officials don't deserve liability protection due to their indefensible decisions.  Wal-Mart is currently under investigation by both the SEC and the Justice Department.

Obama Issues Executive Order to Freeze Assets in Yemen

President Obama issued an executive order on Wednesday, May 16th, authorizing the Treasury Department to freeze the assets of anyone who obstructs the political transition taking place in Yemen.  The order is broadly based, and does not name specific individuals or organizations as its targets, but applies to anyone, including U.S. citizens, who "obstruct the obstruct the implementation of the agreement of November 23, 2011," which would result in a transition to a democratically elected government.  

Interpol Issues Red Notice for Iraq's Vice President

At the request of the Iraqi government, Interpol has issued an international wanted alert, a "Red Notice," for Tariq al-Hashemi, Iraq's Vice President.  Mr. Hashemi is currently in Turkey, and is being tried in absentia in Iraq on terrorism charges.  The Vice President has called the charges politically motivated; he is a minority Sunni, while the government is dominated by Shiites.  The Turkish government has yet to respond to the Red Notice.

United States and European Union to Recognize Each Other's "Trusted Traders"

In an agreement signed in Washington, D.C., on May 4, 2012, the U.S. and EU agreed to recognize each other's safe traders.  Thousands of companies which enjoy status as Authorized Economic Operators will now have their benefits recognized in both economic trade zones.  These companies are noted for providing high security and safety standards, which allows them to clear customs easier than other companies.  The deal will lower costs and simplify customs processes in both countries for companies that meet the safety standards.

DOJ Settles with Korean Company over Bid-Rigging

The Department of Justice announced on April 30, 2012, that it had reached a plea agreement with an executive at Hitachi-LG Data Storage Inc, a Korean-based company.  The executive will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit bid rigging, and serve a U.S. prison sentence.  The executive was charged with violating the Sherman Act by pre-planning the bidding on the sale of optical disk drives.  The case is notable in that it illustrates the reach of the U.S. Department of Justice, as the the company was a Korean and Japanese joint venture.  Three other executives at Hitachi had already reached similar agreements with the Department of Justice.

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