Law Offices of

Robert L. Muse

Washington, DC

Robert L. Muse

About Robert L. Muse

Based in Washington, D.C., Muse has represented a broad range of clients; he has written widely and testified on U.S. laws relating to Cuba before the U.S. Congress; the Canadian House of Commons; the U.S. International Trade Commission and the European Parliament. Among his many publications are the chapter on U.S.-Cuba sanctions in the book, Cuba: A Legal Guide to Business (Thomson Reuters); the chapter on the Cuban embargo in the multi-volume encyclopedia, Cuba; U.S. Presidential Action on Cuba: The New Normalization? (Council of the Americas, Americas Quarterly 2014); The Nationality of Claims Principle of Public International Law and the Helms-Burton Act, (University of California, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review); A Public International Law Critique of the Extraterritorial Jurisdiction of the Helms-Burton Act, (George Washington University, Journal of International Law and Economics). He has spoken at many universities about U.S. law and policy regarding Cuba, including Columbia, Georgetown, Harvard, Fordham, and the Universities of California, Georgia, North Carolina and Havana. Before beginning legal studies at Georgetown and practicing in Washington, D.C., he was called to the bar of England and Wales as a barrister-at-law (Middle Temple).


Practice Areas

Muse’s principal practice area is U.S. laws and regulations relating to Cuba, with additional experience and expertise in Cuba’s trade and investment codes and practices. For over thirty years Robert Muse has provided clients with legal counsel centered on BIS export and OFAC licensing and compliance issues.

U.S. laws and regulations regarding Cuba are voluminous and give effect to a comprehensive embargo on that country. However, a wide variety of commercial and not-for-profit activity is permitted either as exceptions to the embargo or under the authority of specific licenses.

U.S. Laws and Regulations Relating to Cuba

U.S.-Cuba Trade and Investment Codes and Practices

Export Licensing

Muse Has Broad and Deep Experience in Obtaining Commerce Department (BIS) Licenses for Exporys to Cuba, Including Equipment and a Range of Scientific  or Capital Equipment

OFAC Licensing Related to Business, Travel and Other Activities

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Not-For-Profit Counseling

Representative Clients


American Airlines

Embassy of Mexico

Indiana State University

Center for International Environmental Law

Environmental Defense Fund



Ocean Doctor

Pernod Ricard

Caribbean Agroecology Institute


World Monuments Fund