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Law Library of Congress Report Examines Economic Espionage Laws in Selected Countries

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Title page of the Law Library of Congress July 2022 Report on Economic Espionage Laws
Title page of the Law Library of Congress Report on Economic Espionage Laws

A recently published Law Library of Congress report, Economic Espionage Laws, “addresses economic espionage laws and the regulation of fraudulent filing of corporate, import-export, and banking documentation” in sixteen countries.

The report consists of a comparative summary followed by individual country surveys for sixteen countries. The countries surveyed are Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, India, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, Peru, South Korea, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, and Uzbekistan.

While the countries surveyed do not have stand-alone comprehensive legislation on economic espionage, “they subject certain related unauthorized activities to criminal or civil penalties, or both.” The report provides information on relevant penalties and standard of proof required for conviction in related offenses under the laws of the surveyed countries. It also highlights recent cases involving arrests and convictions on grounds of economic espionage and violation of export control requirements. The country surveys contain multiple references and links to legal and non-legal sources of information in English as well as in relevant vernacular languages on the subjects discussed.

The report is part of the Legal Reports (Publications of the Law Library of Congress) collection which contains to date more than 3,000 reports, current and historical, authored by the Law Library of Congress specialists and analysts on a variety of legal topics.

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