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April 04, 2022

Update on Afghanistan: Discussion of Legal Developments, Operational Challenges, and Compliance Best Practices

About the Program

We will discuss developments in US, Canadian, and UN sanctions with respect to Afghanistan, as well as the process for obtaining authorizations under US and Canadian sanctions laws. Several panel participants will offer their views on the operational challenges that non-profit organizations currently face operating in Afghanistan and potential solutions to those challenges, including compliance best practices.

Presented by the ABA International Law Section, Export Controls and Economics Sanctions Committee


  • James Brett, founder of Plant for Peace and founder of Pomegreat
  • John Boscariol, Leader, International Trade and Investment Law Group, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Brad Brooks-Rubin, Strategic Advisor and North America Engagement Lead at the Responsible Jewellery Council and Senior Advisor at the Sentry
  • Gul Begum Haydar, Founder of Cosmic Copenhagen (aiming to implement social impact projects in Afghanistan)
  • Jill Kornetsky, Executive Director of Homestead Afghanistan
  • Oliver Krischik, Principal, GKG Law, P.C.


  • Andrea Al-Attar, Principal, The Law Office of Andrea T. Al-Attar, P.C.
  • Jonathan Meyer, Vice Chair, Committee on Export Controls and Economic Sanctions, ABA International Section
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