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On 23 June 2022, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office on Trafficking in Persons issued a request for information on forced labor, a form of human trafficking, in healthcare supply chains. This request for information is part of the office’s ongoing efforts to seek public comments to inform implementation of Executive Order 14001 “A Sustainable Public Health Supply Chain“, the National Strategy for a Resilient Public Health Supply Chain, and other related efforts on forced labor.

On June 30, 2022, the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security announced four key policy changes to strengthen the administrative enforcement program and tackle external threats. These policy changes prioritize the “most serious violations” and cases that pose the greatest danger to US security.

On May 11, 2022, the Diet of Japan approved the “Act on the promotion of national security through integrated economic measures.” Key features of the Act include the establishment of (i) a system to ensure stable supplies of critical materials, (ii) a system to ensure stable provision of services using critical infrastructure, (iii) a system that supports the development of critical technologies and (iv) a secret patent system. The Act will enter into force on or before 18 February 2023.

On 24 February 2022, the Russian Federation launched a full-scale military invasion of Ukraine. The martial law is in effect in Ukraine since then. As a result, special legislation has been adopted in various areas, including that directly affecting business activity. Baker McKenzie lawyers are pleased to present the fourth edition of Ukrainian Laws in Wartime: Guide for International and Domestic Businesses, a brief overview of the key features of wartime legislation.