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.

MH17 Joint Investigation Team Releases Its Interim Report Pointing at Russian Federation

Friday, June 1, 2018
Author: 
Michael Plachta
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

On May 24, 2018, international investigators probing the downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 made their interim findings public in the Dutch town of Bunnik. They said detailed analysis of video images showed the missile used to down the Malaysian flight came from a Russian military unit. They said they had “legal and convincing evidence which will stand up in a courtroom.”

Jailing of Peacemaker Threatens Colombia’s Demobilization of Transborder Criminal Organizations and Urban Criminal Gangs

Friday, June 1, 2018
Author: 
Luz E. Nagle
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
6
Abstract: 

What will happen to Colombia’s efforts to disarm and reintegrate transnational criminal organizations and street gangs if the local officials in whom they place their trust and hopes are suddenly jailed under specious charges by the national government?  This is the concern of many individuals closely following the case of Gustavo Villegas, the ex-Secretary of Security for the city of Medellín, who was arrested last February and sentenced to 31 months confinement on two charges that on close examination smack of political corruption and prosecutorial misconduct—and make no sense, whatsoever.  Villegas asserts that he has done nothing wrong other than to be successful as a peace negotiator between the Mayor’s office and Medellín’s violent transborder criminal gangs and former paramilitary combatants, and that national government politicians and prosecutors targeted him because they cannot allow Medellín’s mayoral officials to upstage the peace and reconciliation efforts between the Colombian government and illegal armed groups, including and most especially, the guerrilla army-turned-transborder-criminal organization known as the FARC.

Holding the Assad Regime Accountable For the Death of Marie Colvin

Friday, May 25, 2018
Author: 
Linda Friedman Ramirez
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 

The story of Marie Colvin is one of great courage and profound tragedy. Colvin, an internationally-renowned American journalist, was killed on February 22, 2012 while on assignment for The Sunday Times. Marie was in Homs, Syria, a city under siege, at a makeshift civilian media center that was under attack. Her sister, nephew and nieces are suing the Government of Syria for an intentional and purposeful extrajudicial killing of Ms. Colvin as part of the regime’s campaign to eradicate journalists reporting on atrocities.

DC Circuit Appeals Court Bars U.S. Government from Forcibly Transferring U.S. ISIS Suspect

Friday, May 25, 2018
Author: 
Zarine Kharazian
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 

On May 7, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the United States cannot forcibly transfer an American ISIS suspect being held in Iraq to another country without first proving that he is an enemy combatant. The decision has significant implications for wartime presidential power, as well as for individual citizenship rights. The case is Doe v. Mattis.

EU Starts Process to Activate Blocking Statute against Trump’s Iran Sanctions

Friday, May 25, 2018
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 

On May 18, 2018, the European Commission, following the unanimous support of the European Union’s Heads of State or Government at the leaders’ meeting in Sofia on the evening of May 16, 2018, agreed to act on four fronts to preserve the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), including activating the Block Statute against U.S. sanctions on Iran.

SEC Settles AML Charges Against Brokerage Firms and Compliance Officer

Friday, May 25, 2018
Author: 
Bruce Zagaris
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 

On May 16, 2018, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced it has settled charges against broker-dealers Chardan Capital Markets LLC and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Financial Services LLC (ICBCFS) for failing to report suspicious sales of billions of penny stock shares.

Trump Announces U.S. Withdrawal from the JCPOA and Re-imposition of Sanctions on Iran Removed in 2016

Friday, May 18, 2018
Author: 
Benjamin H. Flowe, Jr., John A. Ordway, Daniel Fisher-Owens, Babak Hoghooghi, Perry S. Bechky, Ray Gold, Jason A. McClurg and Michelle Turner Roberts*
Volume: 
34
Issue: 
5
Abstract: 

On May 8, 2018, President Trump announced that the United States was withdrawing from the Iran Nuclear Agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).  Accordingly, subject to certain 90 or 180 day wind-down periods, the United States is re-imposing nuclear-related primary and secondary sanctions that were lifted as of January 16, 2016 (Implementation Day) to effectuate its obligations under the JCPOA.

 

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