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.

U.S. Attorney General Speaks at President's Interagency Task Force on Trafficking in Persons

On March 15, 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the President's Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. Holder said that he was proud that in 2012 the U.S. charged nearly 120 defendants – a record number – in human trafficking cases. Additionally over the last three years, the U.S. has  achieved significant increases in human trafficking prosecutions – including a rise of more than 30 percent in the number of forced labor and adult sex trafficking prosecutions.

Bizjet International Sales and Support Inc. Agrees to Pay $11.8 Million in FCPA Deferred Prosecution Agreement

On March 14, 2012, BizJet International Sales and Support Inc., a provider of aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services based in Tulsa, Okla., agreed to pay an $11.8 million criminal penalty to settle charges related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) for bribing government officials in Latin America to secure contracts to perform aircraft MRO services for government agencies, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division.

Russian Opposition Leaders Call for the Repeal of Cold War-era Trade Sanction

Russian opposition leaders endorsed President Obama’s request to repeal a Cold War-era trade sanction on March 12, 2012. This sanction, known as the Jackson-Vanik trade amendment, was established in 1974 and was intended to make it easier for Jews to emigrate to other countries after the Soviet Union forbid Jewish emigration. If the sanction is not repealed by the time Russia joins the World Trade Organization (WTO) in a few months, the United States will violate the organization’s rules and regulations. This violation would result in the levying of heavy tariffs on United States businesses, leading to the loss of millions of dollars in revenue.

Human Rights Group Sues UK Foreign Secretary Over Drone Attack

A Pakistani villager, Noor Khan, working with the charity Reprieve and law firm Leigh Day and Co., is suing the British Foreign Secretary, William Hague, over a U.S. drone strike that killed the villager's father.  Mr. Khan is alleging that the Foreign Secretary provided the necessary intelligence to the United States, which proceeded to launch a drone strike on the village, allegedly killing 40 people in March 2011.  U.S. drones have targeted Pakistan numerous times in the past several years, and Mr. Khan is alleging that Britain's cooperation in these strikes violates international laws. 

U.S. Agrees to Accelerate Transfer Prisoners to Afghanistan

On March 9, 2012, the United States government agreed to significantly accelerate the transfer of detained insurgents to Afghan government control while ratainining a veto over the ones that can be released.  The memorandum of understanding gives Afghanistan immediate control of detainees officially.  However, it provides for a six-month period of transition to full Afghan control of the detainees. During the six-month trandsition period, the U.S. will gradually transfer custody of the prisoners it holds to Afghan authority.  THe first 500 prisoners will be transferred within 45 days.

Stanford Convicted in $7 billion Ponzi Scheme

R. Allen Stanford, the former billionaire financier, has been convicted of defrauding his investors of over $7 billion over 20 years, and now faces the prospect of up to 230 years in prison.  Stanford, who was once worth $2 billion, has had his considerable personal assets seized by the court.  A civil trial, in which prosecutors hope to seize his remaining assets in accounts in Switzerland, Britain, and Canada, also begins this week, but is not expected to last long.

U.S. Attorney General Justifies the Right to Target and Kill U.S. Citizens in Wartime Scenario

On March 5, 2012, speaking on law and national security at Northwestern Law School, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder justified the use of lethal force under international law and the U.S. Constitution to protect the country from any imminent threat of violent attack.  He explained the U.S. government's use of lethal force in self defense against a leader of al Qaeda or an associated force who presents an imminent threat of violent attack would not be lawful and hence it would not violate the Executive Order banning assassination or criminal statutes.

Spain Orders Murbarak Crony Extradited to Egypt on Corruption Charges

On March 2, 2012, Spain's National Court ordered the extradition to Egypt of Hussein Salem, an associate of former President Hosni Mubarak, along with his son. Khaled. In June 2012, Mr. Salem, his son Khaled, and Ali Evsen,  a Turkish businessman who is alleged to have formed the companies used to send money from Egypt to Spain.. Spanish authorities also froze $47 million in his accounts and seized homes worth $14 million, including seven in Marbella, Spain, in Andalucia (southern Spain). 

U.S. Does Not Make Ultimate Appeal on Portuguese Court's Denial of Extradition Request for George Wright

On February 29, 2012,  a senior judge of the Portuguese Constitutional Court said that the case concerning the U.S. government's extradition request for George Wright is over since the U.S. government did not make its final appeal to the Constitutional Court. As a result, Portugal will not  extradite fugitive George Wright to the United States for crimes he committed there four decades ago. In September 2012, Portuguese police captured the 68-year-old Wright, ending his more than 40 years on the lam after he escaped from a New Jersey prison.


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