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.

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.

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.

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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.

ATF Traces 68,000 Guns in Mexico to U.S. Origin

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives released data on Thursday, April 26, showing that the Mexican government has recovered 68,000 guns in the past five years that originated in the United States.  Many of the weapons were recovered from drug cartel members, who are responsible for the deaths of over 47,000 people in Mexico during the past six years.  While the statistics have caused some tension between the Mexican and U.S.

Ex-Liberian President Found Guilty of War Crimes

On April 26, 2012 the judges of Special Court for Sierra Leone delivered a guilty verdict in the trial of Liberia's former president, Charles Taylor, on 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Taylor had been charged with 11 counts of war crimes, ranging from murder to sexual slavery, which occured during Sierra Leone's civil war in the 1990s. Taylor, who will be imprisoned in a maximum security prison located in Britain, will be sentenced at a later date.  Taylor is also the first head of state to be convicted by an international court.

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