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Cross Border Considerations on Sanctions, Supply Chains, and Human Rights

October 27, 2021
8:00 am-5:00 pm


Sabrina A. Bandali, a Partner at Bennet Jones, helps Canadian and international clients navigate a broad range of international trade and investment law issues. She provides strategic advice related to free trade and investment protection agreements, customs law, foreign corrupt practices, export controls, economic sanctions, trade remedies, cross-border product regulatory and labelling, and international dispute settlement. She represents clients in a broad range of industries, including manufacturing, technology, consumer products, retail/fashion, life sciences, oil and gas, and agriculture.

Sabrina is a tenacious advocate for her clients. She has litigated matters before ad hoc international arbitration tribunals, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (including the Commercial List). She represents clients in trade verifications, trade remedy disputes, and appeals of customs valuation, tariff classification, and origin decisions by the Canada Border Services Agency.

As part of her advisory practice, Sabrina helps clients understand the tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade that affect importers and exporters. She develops practical strategies to optimize clients’ cross-border trade activity, including helping them navigate supply chain compliance risks. Sabrina assists businesses in designing and implementing anti-corruption, sanctions, and import/export compliance programs and conducts related internal investigations and audits.

Sabrina is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where she teaches domestic and international anti-corruption law. Sabrina is a member of the Advocates’ Society and the American Bar Association. She currently serves as Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association national Women Lawyers Forum.



Rachel K. Alpert, a Partner at Jenner & Block and is co-chair of the firm’s National Security, Sanctions, and Export Controls Practice. She is an international trade and sanctions lawyer who brings a wealth of experience in economic sanctions, export controls, and international legal issues from her seven years in the United States Department of State’s Office of the Legal Adviser. She counsels domestic and international clients on a range of issues, including trade sanctions compliance, supply chain and human rights accountability, and CFIUS matters.

Drawing on her State Department experience advising policy-makers at all levels on legal issues affecting US relations with countries in the Western Hemisphere, Ms. Alpert supports organizations in the oil and gas, communications, travel, and other industries on legal issues involving export controls and US sanctions laws and regulations under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regulations. She also advises companies and investors on business human rights and supply chain accountability and on national security reviews of foreign investments in the United States by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

While at the State Department, Ms. Alpert advised on the implementation of approximately $2 billion in US foreign assistance resources to prevent trafficking in persons and end modern slavery, to combat transnational crime, promote democracy, and to provide urgent humanitarian assistance throughout the world. She reviewed and drafted legislative text and prepared senior leaders for Congressional testimony. She also collaborated with agencies throughout the US government on legal issues related to Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua sanctions programs.  Ms. Alpert started her State Department career in the employment law section, representing the State Department in employment litigation and advising department bureaus and principals on employment law issues within the Department and at US embassies around the globe.