THE JOURNAL OF EXPORT CONTROLS AND SANCTIONS

August 2011

Navigating the labyrinth of Belgium’s export controls

The Belgian export control regime is a complex one where regulations governing military and dual-use items can frequently overlap. James Killick and Fabienne Vermeeren explain the system with a..

Belgium is a complex country in many ways, and this is also reflected in its export controls on strategic goods, not only because of the division of competences between the federal and regional levels, but also because of a broad military ‘catch-all’ clause which can make non-military items subject to the country’s much stricter military export controls. The legal framework for military and dual-use export controls is different (national vs. EU), yet the two are intertwined in a number of ways. This article focuses on those intertwined issues, i.e. military and dual-use items (and not firearms for civil use) and...

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