U.S. Export Controls for Academia

How Universities and Research Institutions Can Ensure Export Compliance While Fostering Academic Freedom


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Universities and academic organizations are at the forefront of the development of new and cutting edge technologies—but often the technologies that are developed, the technical data that is shared, and the collaborating parties themselves may all be subject to the stringent restrictions of U.S. export controls.  In recent years, many unlucky U.S. academic institutions have found themselves on the wrong side of U.S. government enforcement actions as a result of violations of the U.S. export laws and regulations. The complex set of export laws and regulations, aggressive enforcement by U.S. government agencies, and the balancing of academic freedom while ensuring export compliance pose real challenges for universities and research facilities. This webinar will provide a comprehensive discussion of the U.S. export requirements from the perspective of academia, including the following topics:

  • Overview of U.S. Export Controls, Embargoes, and Economic Sanctions
  • The U.S. Agencies that Enforce the U.S. Export Laws and Regulations
  • Key Terms and Foundational Principles (Exports, Deemed Exports, Technology, Technical Data, Fundamental Research, Public Domain, Publicly Available, etc.)
  • Who Must Comply with U.S. Export Controls?
  • The Many Activities in Academic Settings that May Trigger Export Restrictions
  • Consequences of Export Violations
  • Best Practices for Ensuring Compliance
  • Useful Checklists and Questionnaires

This webinar will provide valuable export compliance insights and strategies to university administrators, export compliance personnel, faculty members and staff of academic institutions, and research facilities.

The webinar will be presented through PowerPoint slides and will include live video and commentary from Melissa Proctor, a Shareholder in Phoenix, Arizona with the Am Law 100 firm of Polsinelli, PC. For over 20 years, Melissa has advised on a wide array of issues involving compliance with import, export, customs and international trade laws and regulations, as well as embargoes and economic sanctions programs. Prior to joining Polsinelli, Melissa previously worked in KPMG’s Customs and Trade Practice as well as two international trade boutique law firms. She has provided import and export training in the United States and around the world, and has assisted clients in designing and implementing effective compliance programs. Webinar participants are invited to submit questions during the webinar, and the final 30 minutes of the webinar will be allotted to answering attendees’ questions.


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Webinar Details:

Recorded Nov 15, 2016
Length 1 hour 30 minutes
Comprised of 1 hour of commentary and 30 minute Q&A session
Cost $150 per person
Multi-Viewer Discounts Available
ECoP® EAR or ITAR renewal credits: 1
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