What's New in Export Control Regulations and Resources

Russian Industry Sector Sanctions

In a rule, signed August 1, 2014 Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security Eric L. Hirschhorn, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to impose additional sanctions implementing U.S. policy toward Russia to address that country's continuing policy of destabilization in Ukraine and continuing occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol.

To read the entire article, visit the Russian Industry Sector Sanctions page.


University Medical Researcher Prosecuted for Sending Medical Device to Iran

March 18, 2014 - According to this article in the San Diego Union Tribune, Mohamad Nazemzadeh, who was a Research Fellow in the Neurology Department of the University of Michigan at the time of his arrest, is being prosecuted for sending a medical device to Iran. At issue is a coil for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. The coil is the assembly of wires that generates the necessary radio signals when electricity flows through them to permit imaging the part of the body within the coil.

To read the entire article, visit ExportLawBlog.


Universities Face a Rising Barrage of Cyberattacks

July 16, 2013 - America’s research universities, among the most open and robust centers of information exchange in the world, are increasingly coming under cyberattack, most of it thought to be from China, with millions of hacking attempts weekly. Campuses are being forced to tighten security, constrict their culture of openness and try to determine what has been stolen.

To read the entire article, visit The New York Times.


Why the Professor Went to Prison

November 1, 2012 - After lunch in his cell in the federal prison in Ashland, Ky., John Reece Roth noticed something unusual. Tiny red ants were swarming across his floor, feasting on candy bar scraps. Knowing that ants establish a trail to and from their food, Roth devised a trap: a Möbius strip with an on-ramp but no off-ramp. Ants carrying their prize home would climb onto the strip—a sheet of paper half twisted to have only one side and one edge—and be corralled. Fortunately for them, Roth couldn’t test his contrivance properly because the Scotch tape needed to secure it is contraband at Ashland.

To read the entire article, visit Business Week.


In China, business travelers take extreme precautions to avoid cyber-espionage

September 26, 2011 - Packing for business in China? Bring your passport and business cards, but maybe not that laptop loaded with contacts and corporate memos.

To read the entire article, visit The Washington Post


President Obama Lays the Foundation for a New Export Control System To Strengthen National Security and the Competitiveness of Key U.S. Manufacturing and Technology Sectors

August 30, 2010 - Tomorrow, President Obama will announce a major step forward in the Administration’s efforts to fundamentally reform the export control system and will outline the foundation of our new export control system. These changes – in what we control, how we control it, how we enforce those controls and how we manage our controls – will help strengthen our national security by focusing our efforts on controlling the most critical products and technologies and by enhancing the competitiveness of key U.S. manufacturing and technology sectors.

To read the entire article, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/08/30/president-obama-lays-foundation-a-new-export-control-system-strengthen-n


Gates Unveils Administration Export Control Plan

The Obama Administration will consolidate licensing, control lists and data systems to bring a “Byzantine” export control system into a single office, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Tuesday.

Gates told members of Business Executives for National Security that the administration plans the reform in three phases that will consolidate all lists of arms, munitions and dual use technology items, a unified information technology system to manage the list technologies, and finally a single agency to administer all export licensing.

Complete article [PDF]


CBP to continue searches of travelers' laptops

The Homeland Security Department announced on Thursday that it will continue to allow Customs and Border Protection officials to search travelers' laptop computers and other electronic devices without suspicion of wrongdoing.

To read the entire article, visit http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0809/082809n1.htm


Retired University Professor Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Arms Export Violations Involving Citizen of China

John Reece Roth, 72, of Knoxville, Tenn., was sentenced to 48 months in prison for violating the Arms Export Control Act by conspiring to illegally export, and actually exporting, technical information relating to a U.S. Air Force ( USAF ) research and development contract.

To read the entire article, visit http://media-newswire.com/release_1094393.html


Universities Look for Lessons as Professor Awaits Sentencing Over Export-Law Violations

On May 13, John Reece Roth, a retired University of Tennessee professor, is expected to walk into a Knoxville courthouse and be sentenced to at least five years in prison for allowing unauthorized foreign citizens access to classified technology.

To read the entire article, visit the Chronicle of Higher Education


Retired University of Tennessee Professor Convicted of Arms Export Violations

KNOXVILLE - On Wednesday, September 3, 2008, a federal jury convicted retired University of Tennessee professor Dr. J. Reece Roth, after a seven day trial, of illegally exporting military technical information relating to plasma technology designed to be deployed on the wings of drones operating as a weapons or surveillance systems.

To view the Department of Justice press release visit http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2008/September/08-nsd-774.html


North Korea is off the list! Press Releases: North Korea: Presidential Action on State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST) and the Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA) (June 26, 2008)

On June 26, the President announced the lifting of the application of the Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA) with respect to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK, or North Korea), and notified congress of his intent to rescind North Korea’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism (SST).

These actions were taken following North Korea’s submission of a declaration of its nuclear programs, which will be subject to verification.


Universities Look for Lessons as Professor Awaits Sentencing Over Export-Law Violations

On May 13, John Reece Roth, a retired University of Tennessee professor, is expected to walk into a Knoxville courthouse and be sentenced to at least five years in prison for allowing unauthorized foreign citizens access to classified technology.

To read the entire article, visit the Chronicle of Higher Education.


Retired University of Tennessee Professor Convicted of Arms Export Violations

KNOXVILLE - On Wednesday, September 3, 2008, a federal jury convicted retired University of Tennessee professor Dr. J. Reece Roth, after a seven day trial, of illegally exporting military technical information relating to plasma technology designed to be deployed on the wings of drones operating as a weapons or surveillance systems.

To view the Department of Justice press release visit http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2008/September/08-nsd-774.html.