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Oversight Hearing on “Why should Americans have to comply with the laws of foreign nations?”
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 2:00 PM
Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs
1324 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515

Oversight Hearing on:

  • "Why should Americans have to comply with the laws of foreign nations?”

Member Statements:

The Honorable John Fleming
Subcommittee Chairman

Witnesses and Testimony:


Kristina Alexander
Legislative Attorney
American Law Division
Congressional Research Service
Library of Congress
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Alexander von Bismarck
Executive Director
Environmental Investigation Agency
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Marcus A. Asner
Arnold and Porter, LLP
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Reed D. Rubinstein
Dinsmore and Shohl
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Paul J. Larkin, Jr.
Attorney at Law
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Paul D. Kamenar
Attorney at Law
(Truth in Testimony Form)


The hearing will focus on the Lacey Act of 1900 and the reasons why the United States government is subjecting its citizens to the laws of foreign nations. In the past 112 years, the Lacey Act of 1900 has been amended on a number of occasions with significant modifications in 1935, 1981 and 2008. Since those 2008 amendments to the Lacey Act, the number of foreign laws has increased to tens of thousands of statutes, regulations, resolutions, and decrees. These amendments are causing Americans to be subjected to criminal penalties if they fail to comply with the laws of foreign governments.

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