Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2024 6:30 PM
Location: Temple University, Japan Campus, 1-14-29 Taishido, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, Japan 154-0004


  • Alexander Dmitrenko


  • Robert Dujarric, ICAS Co-Director


Economic sanctions are not a new policy tool. However, they are definitely a new regulatory priority, especially as the world is becoming increasingly bipolar and the U.S. is heading into an election year. Bans on imports, tariffs, and restrictions on exports have been used by governments to further their diplomatic and military goals for centuries. Sanctions can run from establishing minor impediments to commerce to methods that involve force, such as blockades. The question of the efficacy of sanctions is a major issue for policymakers as well as the private sector.

Alexander Dmitrenko will look at the case of sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its allies on Russia since its invasion of Ukraine in 2014, which were strengthened considerably after the failed attempt to conquer Ukraine in 2022-2023. In addition to discussion of the sanction rules and regulations, he will share risk mitigating strategies for corporations and examples of recent regulatory enforcements targeting circumvention.

Date & Time:

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 18:30


Temple University, Japan Campus Room 309 (Access)


Registration is not required but greatly appreciated. Please register via the following link: 



This event is organized by the Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS).

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.


Alexander Dmitrenko

Alexander Dmitrenko is a partner in the Tokyo office of Ashurst, a global law firm founded more than two hundred years ago in 1822, and an Adjunct Professor at Temple University Law School's Japan Campus teaching International Compliance in the spring semester. He is an expert on compliance and risk mitigation measures related to sanctions and regulatory tensions. Alexander is qualified to practice in England & Wales, New York, Russia, and a registered foreign lawyer (Gaikokuho Jimu Bengoshi) in Japan admitted to the Dai-Ni Tokyo Bar Association. He speaks English, French, Japanese, Russian and Ukrainian.

Alexander is also co-Chair and co-founder of LLAN (LGBT & Allies Network, a Japanese NPO promoting LGBT rights) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of TELL (Tokyo English Language Life Line, a Japanese NPO focusing on promoting mental health and suicide prevention). He also supports an orphanage near Yangon, Myanmar and serves as a Friendship Ambassador of Hachijojima island.

Alexander Dmitrenko will be speaking in his private capacity, not on behalf of Ashurst.

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Robert Dujarric

ICAS Co-director, Temple University, Japan Campus

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