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.

FinCEN Proposes Special Rule under Sec. 311 for More Transparency in Convertible Virtual Currency Mixing

Friday, October 20, 2023
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On October 19, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) announced a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) that identifies international Convertible Virtual Currency Mixing (CVC mixing) as a class of transactions of primary money laundering concern.  The NPRM underscores the risks posed by the extensive use of CVC mixing services by a variety of illicit actors worldwide and proposes a rule to increase transparency around VC mixing to combat its use by malicious actors including Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (FPRK).

Treasury Extends Filing Beneficial Ownership Reports and Contemplates Alternative Forms

Friday, October 20, 2023
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On September 28, 2023, FinCEN proposed to amend the beneficial ownership information (BOI) reporting rule to extend the filing deadline for certain BOI reports.  On September 30, 2023, FinCEN issued a notice of information collection with respect to the Beneficial Ownership Information Reports (BOIRs) and have proposed a dropdown box for filers who are not able to obtain the required beneficial ownership information.

Venezuela Issues Arrest Warrant for Former US-Based Opposition Leader Juan Guaidó

Friday, October 20, 2023
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On October 5, 2023, Venezuelan authorities announced the issuance of an arrest warrant for former opposition leader and former interim president Juan Guaidó.  Venezuelan Attorney General Tarek William Saab held a press conference, announcing the arrest warrant and stating Guaidó had used improperly the state-owned oil company PDVSA’s resources and caused losses to Venezuela of $19 billion.

GAO Calls for Better Enforcement of U.S. Laws against Transnational Repression in the U.S.

Friday, October 20, 2023
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 
On October 3, 2023, the General Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report, recommending better reporting under Section 6 of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA) to assist the United States Government combat transnational repression (TNR) acts in the U.S.

Council of Europe Takes Action on the Humanitarian Situation in Nagorno-Karabakh

Friday, October 20, 2023
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

At its 23rd sitting held on October 12, 2023, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted Resolution and Recommendation on the humanitarian situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.  The debate as well as the Resolution and Recommendation were based on a Report prepared by the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Displaced Persons.

 

Council of Europe Demands Investigation into the PEGASUS Spyware Abuse

Friday, October 20, 2023
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

At its 22nd sitting held on October 11, 2023, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution and recommendation on the use of Pegasus and similar spyware for targeted surveillance by some states of their citizens. The debate as well as the resolution and recommendation were based on a Report prepared by the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights.

Former Bolivian President Settles with Victims of 2003 Extrajudicial Killings After Standing Trial in U.S. Civil Court

Friday, October 13, 2023
Author: 
Jack Crovitz
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

    On September 28, 2023, former Bolivian President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada and his defense minister Jose Carlos Sanches Berzain settled with the families of victims of extrajudicial killings by their administration in 2003.  The settlement, which involved paying an undisclosed sum to the families of eight victims, resulted from a decade-long legal battle in U.S. courts under the Torture Victims Protection Act of 1991 (TVPA).  This case represents the first time a foreign head of state has been held responsible for human rights abuses in U.S. civil courts.

U.S. Justice Department Unseals 8 Indictments against China-Based Chemical Companies & Employees

Friday, October 13, 2023
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On October 3, 2023, the United States Department of Justice announced the unsealing of eight indictments in the U.S. District Court for the Middle and Southern Districts of Florida, charging China-based companies and their employees with crimes concerning fentanyl and methamphetamine production, distribution of synthetic opioids and sales resulting from precursor chemicals, as well as associated money laundering.

Dominican Republic Asks the U.S. to Curb Firearms Trafficking and 7 Senate Democrats Introduce Bill to Curb U.S. Firearms Trafficking to the Mexican Cartels

Friday, October 13, 2023
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

Slowly foreign governments are joining the effort to curb illegal firearms trafficking from the United States. On October 4, 2023, the Dominican Republic requested the U.S. to curb smuggling of firearms to Haiti and the Dominican Republic.

FinCEN Extends Deadline for Initial Beneficial Ownership Information Reporting

Friday, October 6, 2023
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
39
Issue: 
11
Abstract: 

On September 27, 2023, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)  announced the issuance of a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to extend the deadline for certain reporting companies to file their initial beneficial ownership information (BOI) reports. 

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