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Roland Backhaus counsels foreign and domestic clients regarding matters related to international business transactions and international trade, including US export controls, trade sanctions, anti-boycott, and anti-corruption. 

Roland regularly advises clients on issues related to US export controls administered by the Department of Commerce, Department of State, Department of Energy, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  In addition, Roland counsels clients on issues related to trade sanctions administered by the Department of Treasury. 

Roland has represented clients in the energy, aerospace, life sciences, and shipping industries regarding regulatory, corporate, and compliance matters.  As a part of this work, Roland has developed internal policies and procedures relating to information protection, export controls, and cybersecurity. 

In addition to his international trade experience, Roland has significant expertise representing stakeholders in the international nuclear industry.  In this capacity, Roland has represented utilities, vendors, and financial institutions in regulatory, transactional, and dispute resolution matters.  Roland has lived and worked in the Middle East and has worked extensively in Asia.  He has represented clients before the International Court of Arbitration, in Federal Courts, and before various federal and state agencies.  Roland has advised foreign governments regarding the development of their international nuclear power programs, including on issues related to bilateral and multilateral treaties, vendor procurement, EPC and split-package contracts, fuel supply, and the security of sensitive information.  Roland regularly works with engineers and technical experts, and has significant experience in the fields of nuclear engineering, mechanical engineering, thermal hydraulics, computer modeling, cybersecurity, and statistics. 

While in law school, Roland served as an intern to the Honorable Henry H. Kennedy (U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia).

Roland served as a submarine officer in the United States Navy, where he served as the Assistant Chief Engineer of a nuclear ballistic missile submarine and oversaw a $400M nuclear refueling and weapons systems conversion. He received numerous awards for military service, including the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. While on shore duty, Roland taught English at the U.S. Naval Academy.  

Civic Involvement & Honors

    • Member, Administrative Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2008
    • Contributing Author, Environmental Law Program, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2009-2010
    • Qualified as a Naval Nuclear Engineer by Naval Reactors, Washington, DC, 2005 – 2007
    • Contributing Author, Environmental Law Program, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2009-2010
    • Qualified as a Naval Nuclear Engineer by Naval Reactors, Washington, DC, 2005 – 2007
    • Qualified as a Naval Nuclear Engineer by Naval Reactors, Washington, DC, 2005 – 2007
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Professional Affiliations

    • American Bar Association
    • Energy Bar Association
    • Society for International Affairs
    • International Nuclear Law Association
    • Nuclear Energy Institute Lawyer's Committee: Litigation, Legislation, Risk Management and Supplier Issues Subcommittee
    • American Nuclear Society
    • Society for International Affairs
    • International Nuclear Law Association
    • Nuclear Energy Institute Lawyer's Committee: Litigation, Legislation, Risk Management and Supplier Issues Subcommittee
    • American Nuclear Society
    • Nuclear Energy Institute Lawyer's Committee: Litigation, Legislation, Risk Management and Supplier Issues Subcommittee
    • American Nuclear Society
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Publications

  • Applicability of U.S. Export Controls on Emerging Technology, World Trade Controls Blog, May 24, 2017, (Megan Gajewski Barnhill and Roland Backhaus), available at http://www.worldtradecontrols.com/applicability-of-u-s-export-controls-on-emerging-technology/
  • Potentially Costly Nuclear Rulemaking Proposed, April 13, 2017 (Jay Silberg and Roland Backhaus)
  • Potential Revisions to NRC Regulations Could Significantly Affect the Oil & Gas Industry, January 30, 2017 (Jay Silberg, Anthony Cavender, and Roland Backhaus)
  • Texas Sting Operation Increases Focus On Radioactive Material Pre-Licensing Activities, November 10, 2016 (Jay Silberg, Vincent Morgan, and Roland Backhaus)
  • UAS and Nuclear Power Plant Security, May 27, 2015 (Roland Backhaus and Graham Keithley)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Mitigating Risk to US Wholesalers related to the Importation of Goods,” National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors, Billion Dollar CLO Roundtable, November 15, 2017
  • "The Fundamentals of Byproduct Material Regulation,” Emerson Process Management, September, 2016