Contributing Lawyers

Canada

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak

United States

Susan Kohn Ross

Australia

Andrew Hudson



Former British PM Tony Blair vs Former Canadian PM Jean Chretien on China

I am struck by the difference in the approach two former prime ministers from different countries took in their public commentary on China in the last week.  Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair wrote a thoughtful...

Export Controls Are Obstacle to China and India Going Green

On August 26, 2008, Forbes.com posted an article entitled "China Faces Obstacles In Nuclear Energy".  Go to the follow ing link for the full...

Cyndee Todgham Cherniak Quoted in Canadian Bar Association National Magazine

The July / August 2008 issue of the Canadian Bar Association National Magazine includes an article entitled "The Hungry Dragon" about Canadian lawyers activities with clients doing inbound and outbound business with Chinese...

UK Compliance Verification Manual - Helpful to Those Who Do Not Have Similar Published Guidance

In July 2008, the U.K. Export Control Organisation updated its Guidance on Compliance Visits.  This is a useful document for Canadian export controls compliance officers and specialists because the Export and Import Controls...

Risky Business to Invest in Russia

On August 26, 2008, Diane Francis of Canada's Financial Post wrote a great article "Investing in Russia?  Plan to Lose"  that should raise alarm bells for those investing in Russia.  The posting may be found at...

Canada Concludes Free Trade Agreement with Jordan

On August 26, 2008, Canada's Minister of International Trade announced that Canada had concluded free trade agreement negotiations with Jordan.  In addition, Canada signed (1) a Labour Cooperation Agreement and (2) an...

India Customs is Seizing Corporate Jets

Domain-b.com has reported today that the Indian courts have upheld seizures of corporate aircraft by India Customs.  I am copying the article in full below for those who cannot read it at the following link -...

New Concerns About Privacy at U.S. Border

On August 20, 2008, the Washington Post reported in an article entitled " Citizen's U.S. Border Crossings Tracked: Data From Checkpoints To Be kept for 15 Years" that Customs and Border Protection has been "using its system of...

U.S. Imposes New Softwood Reporting Rules for Canadian Exporters / U.S. Importers

On Tuesday, August 19, 2008, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's office of international trade (CBP) advised the trade community that importers of Canadian softwood lumber will have a 30-day grace period to implement new ...

CEO/CFO Certifications and Internal Controls

For financial periods ending on or after December 15, 2008, the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) will certify annually the effectiveness of internal controls for financial reporting...

Texas Ignores ICJ Ruling and Executes Mexican National

On August 5, 2008, Texas executed Mr. Medellín by way of lethal injection. Pleas for a stay came from Washington, Mexico and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and various bar associations and international...

Venezuela Expropriates Cement Factories

Today, the Government of Venezuela ordered the National Guard troops to seize control of cement plants owned by Mexico's Cemex SAB after failing to reach a deal on terms for nationalizing them. The Government moved to take...

Trade with Cuba

On August 14, 2998, The Economist posted an article entitled "Patchy Blockade" relating to the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba and some of the U.S. enforcement actions.  I have reproduced the article in full below. ...

WSJ Asks Interesting Question About Trade with Middle East

The following article appeared in the August 15, 2008 edition of the Wall Street Journal.  I am reproducing it because it asked an interesting question.  I do not necessarily agree with the approach of the authors - but...

AMP-tly Put: Comply with Export Control Law or Suffer Consequences of Non-Compliance

This article has appeared in the August 2008 edition of the Thomson Canada Limited publication GST & Commodity Tax.

MP-tly Put: Comply with Export Control Law or Suffer Consequences of Non-Compliance

 

In an economic slowdown,...

China May Face Another WTO Case For Big Car Tax

China Environmental Law Blog has posted an article entitled "Big Cars Face Big Tax: Fat Cats Unfazed";

China has announced a higher tax on large cars.  China said yesterday it would raise taxes on large passenger vehicles...