Professor Syarief teaches U.S. Export Controls and Economic Sanctions at Georgetown Law. He is a Senior Associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where he advises clients on U.S. economic sanctions and embargoes, export controls, and national security reviews. He has extensive experience in assessing civil and criminal enforcement risk, conducting internal investigations, strengthening trade compliance programs, and developing restricted-party screening protocols. He routinely advocates before OFAC, BIS, DDTC, and CFIUS, and has secured licenses and approvals, filed voluntary self-disclosures, responded to administrative subpoenas, and engaged in various other agency-engagement efforts to further client interests. He also regularly conducts due diligence reviews of corporate transactions from an international trade perspective, and advises on trade-related issues raised in civil litigation and arbitration matters.

Professor Syarief previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Timothy J. Kelly of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia, where he was an editor of the Virginia Law Review, and his undergraduate degree in Political Science from Rutgers University.