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Webinar: Preparing Public Comments for the ITAR’s Proposed AUKUS Exemption

Thursday, May 23, 2024 | 11:00 a.m. ET

Stagg PLLC invites you to attend our upcoming webinar on “Preparing Public Comments for the ITAR’s Proposed AUKUS Exemption,” which will take place on Thursday, May 23, at 11:00 a.m. ET.

This webinar discusses how to prepare public comments for the proposed rule under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) to create a licensing exemption and expedited review policies for the AUKUS trilateral security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The webinar will also discuss the related interim final rule for AUKUS under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR).

Specifically, the webinar will discuss the background of the proposed rule, effective strategies for preparing public comments, and the two related rulemakings:

  • On May 1, the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls published the long-awaited proposed rule to create an ITAR licensing exemption for the AUKUS trilateral security partnership and other related changes. The State Department is accepting public comments until May 31.
  • On April 19, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security published an interim final rule to amend the EAR for AUKUS, significantly reducing licensing requirements for most items for Australia and the United Kingdom. The Commerce Department is accepting public comments until June 3.

A rarely presented topic, Christopher Stagg will share critical perspectives on the rulemaking process based on his deep experience writing export control regulations at the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls, which included analyzing and responding to public comments, and successfully advocating for regulatory revisions from the industry side.

Additionally, there is a webinar on Tuesday, June 4, at 11:00 a.m. ET, focusing on the ITAR’s proposed rule concerning registration fee increases. More information about that webinar is available here.




Christopher B. Stagg

With the unique experience of writing and heavily influencing U.S. export control laws, companies turn to Christopher Stagg as their go-to counsel for practical and strategic advice. In addition, he is often engaged as the export controls and ITAR lawyer of “last resort” for enforcement defense and to reverse adverse government actions, and he has the rare distinction of successfully litigating export control issues in federal court. He also serves as the co-chair of the American Bar Association’s export controls and economic sanctions committee.

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