Belarus

Belarus in Eastern Europe is bordered by the countries of Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, and Poland. Minsk is the capital and most populous city in the country, and over 40% of the country’s total land area is covered by forests. Most of the country’s current borders took shape in 1939, after Polish lands were reintegrated to the country after Soviets invaded Poland and were finalized at the conclusion of WWII. Belarus declared its independence on 25 August 1991, during the dissolution of the USSR.

 

Belarus has been a member of the United Nations since its founding, and is a member of EEU, Commonwealth of Independent States, CSTO, and the Non-aligned Movement. The country does maintain a bilateral relationship with the European Union, although it shows no indication of wishing to become a member state. The country is regarded as a presidential republic which is governed by the President and National Assembly. Prior to 2004 the Constitution limited the Presidential term to a two-term maximum, which was eliminated under the 2004 Constitutional provisions.

 

Belarus has a judicial system that consists of a Constitutional Court, general courts and an economic court.  The General Court hears criminal cases, as well as civil cases based on civil, family, labor, housing and land disputes as long as they involve an individual.  Additionally, Intellectual Property measures are heard by the General courts.  General courts include district or city courts, as well as military courts, and the Supreme Court of the Republic of Belarus.  Economic Courts hear business disputes and entrepreneurial issues and activities. 

 

The National Law Review covers news and developments from Belarus; including coverage of US and internationally-imposed sanctions against the country, visa and immigration news, ADCV laws and penalties, and international trade relations, are among the topics covered by the National Law Review. Visitors can read about news directly from the country, as well as international affairs with European countries, and international affairs with the US.

Date Title Organization
20
Feb
BIS Amends the EAR To Implement Additional Sanctions Against Russia and Belarus and To Revise Existing Export Controls on Russia, Belarus and Iran Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
30
Jan
Commerce Tidies Up the Russia/Belarus Export Controls and Adds Aircraft and Drones (HTS Ch 88) to Its License Requirements ArentFox Schiff LLP
12
Sep
No Breach Too Small: OFSI Reports First Breach of UK’s Russian Sanctions Regulations Greenberg Traurig, LLP
29
Jun
UK SANCTIONS UPDATE – JUNE 2023 K&L Gates
15
Jun
OFAC Expands Russian Sanctions Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
6
Jun
Russia-Related Export Controls Continue to Escalate K&L Gates
24
May
Everything but the Kitchen Sink (and Maybe That Too!): New Export Controls on Russia Cover Whole Categories of Low-Level Commercial Electronic and Mechanical Equipment Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP
22
Apr
BIS Amends the EAR to Impose Additional Sanctions Against Russia and Belarus and to Impose Additional Export Controls on Iran Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
4
Apr
Recent U.S. Sanctions, Export Controls On Russia And Belarus Underscore Compliance Concerns In International Transactions Barnes & Thornburg LLP
1
Apr
Anniversary Brings 200 Percent U.S. Tariffs On Russian Aluminum And Increased Tariffs On Other Products Barnes & Thornburg LLP
9
Mar
New Round of Sanctions Relevant to Manufacturers Are Launched on the First Anniversary of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Robinson & Cole LLP
28
Feb
What You Need to Know about the New Russia/Belarus Sanctions, Export Controls, Tariffs & Duties ArentFox Schiff LLP
12
Oct
US Moves to Seize Aircraft for Apparent Violation of Export Controls Katten
6
Oct
BIS Issues New Export Controls on Russia and Belarus Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
26
Sep
Summer Vacation’s Over: Commerce Imposes New Russia and Belarus Export Controls ArentFox Schiff LLP
25
Sep
U.S. Sanctions on Russia and Belarus Impose Trade and Investment Restrictions on Luxury Goods Sector K&L Gates
3
Aug
BIS Identifies First Foreign-Produced Commercial Aircraft Exported to Russia in Apparent Violation of US Export Controls Katten
19
Jul
FinCEN and BIS Warn Financial Institutions About Potential Evasion of Russian and Belarusian Export Controls Greenberg Traurig, LLP
18
Jul
Financial Regulatory & Compliance/Export Controls & Economic Sanctions Greenberg Traurig, LLP
23
Jun
EU Adopts 6th Package of Sanctions Against Russia Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
11
May
UPDATE: UK Announces Expansion of Trade Sanctions Against Russia and Belarus Greenberg Traurig, LLP
18
Apr
Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe: April 4-15, 2022 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
13
Apr
More Export Controls and Higher Customs Duties on Russia & Belarus ArentFox Schiff LLP
12
Apr
BIS Amends Export Administration Regulations with Respect to Russia and Belarus Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
7
Apr
New U.S. Sanctions Restrict Investment and Services in Russia and Block Major Russian Banks K&L Gates
1
Apr
Russia-Ukraine Sanctions in Australia K&L Gates
22
Mar
US Actions on Russia and Russia-related Sanctions Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
22
Mar
Japan Actions to Date on Russia and Russia-related Sanctions Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
21
Mar
Commerce Department Identification of Aircraft Exported to Russia in Violation of Export Controls Offers Guidance on Whether the Continued Leasing or Finance of Aircraft in Russia Violates US Law Katten
18
Mar
Cryptocurrency – Russia's Sanctions Loophole? K&L Gates
15
Mar
New U.S. Sanctions on Russia And Belarus Impose Trade and Investment Restrictions on Luxury Goods and Russia's Energy Sector K&L Gates
15
Mar
U.S. Export Controls and Sanctions Update: Russia, Belarus and Ukraine Miller Canfield
11
Mar
UK Russian Sanctions: Is the UK Doing Enough? Greenberg Traurig, LLP
10
Mar
Ukraine Crisis: New US Sanctions on Russia and Belarus McDermott Will & Emery
7
Mar
Russia and Belarus Targeted With Comprehensive Economic Sanctions and Export Control Restrictions: U.S., U.K., and EU Regulatory Update Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
4
Mar
U.S. Further Escalates Russia-Related Sanctions And Export Controls, Targets Belarus Barnes & Thornburg LLP
2
Mar
New U.S. Sanctions on Russia and Belarus in Response to the Ukraine Invasion Impose New Compliance Responsibilities Foley & Lardner LLP
1
Mar
Ukraine Crisis: European Union Imposes Additional Sanctions on Russia and Belarus McDermott Will & Emery
15
Nov
Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of November 8, 2021 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
16
Aug
Transatlantic Trade | US and Europe – Week of August 9, 2021 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
25
Sep
Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – September 25, 2020 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
18
Sep
Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – September 18, 2020 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
4
Sep
Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – September 4, 2020 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
21
Aug
Transatlantic Trade: US and European Trade Talk Update – August 21, 2020 Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
2
Nov
US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Temporarily Extends Belarus-related General License Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
20
Nov
OFAC Issues Belarus General License 2F; OFAC Temporarily Extends Ukraine-related General Licenses Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP
16
Jun
U.S. Extends Authorization for Transactions with Sanctioned Belarusian Entities Greenberg Traurig, LLP
16
Jun
European Union Lifts Majority of Belarus Sanctions Greenberg Traurig, LLP
 

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