What are examples of international activities that require special attention or might trigger legal or other concerns?

Many activities will raise different legal or compliance issues when they are conducted outside the U.S. The following list is not exhaustive:

  • Purchasing goods and services
  • Working in another country or hiring employees in another country
  • Retaining full or part time consultants in another country
  • Paying taxes or social insurance
  • Securing visas or work permits
  • Obtaining permits to conduct research activities
  • Removing plants, animals or research materials from a country and bringing them to the U.S.
  • Wiring money
  • Renting space for programmatic activities or housing
  • Renting or owning vehicles
  • Traveling to countries subject to U.S. government travel advisories or warnings, or affected by U.S. government sanctions or embargoes
  • Traveling to countries that may require specific vaccinations or medication
  • Exporting or importing equipment, materials, samples or data
  • Traveling with a laptop or other electronic device
  • Protecting intellectual property ownership
  • Protecting the privacy of data
  • Using the Yale name
  • Responding to requests for bribes or similar payments
  • Developing and maintaining long term relationships with educational or non-governmental entities or governmental bodies
  • Entering into any type of business relationship with a person or entity abroad
  • Responding to an inquiry from a journalist outside the U.S.

Updated: 04-10-2014