Chinmayi Sharma

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Chinmayi Sharma is a law student at University of Virginia, where she is focusing on cybersecurity and tech policy. She founded and served as the first president of LIST, the law school’s first tech law society, and serves as Online Development Editor of the Virginia Law Review. Prior to law school, she helped co-found a tech consulting company for which she acted as an adviser and programmer to growing startups and larger international development organizations. She has also worked at Deloitte and CEB, now Gartner. She graduated with highest distinction from Duke University with B.A.s in English and Public Policy.

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The Ukraine Connection

Summary of Tim Morrison's Deposition Testimony

Editor’s note: This is one of many summaries of depositions released by House impeachment investigators. The others are available here.

Former National Security Council official Tim Morrison testified before Congress in the ongoing impeachment inquiry on Oct. 31. Below is a summary of his testimony, as compiled from the transcript of his deposition.

The Ukraine Connection

Summary of George Kent’s Deposition Testimony

Editor’s note: This is one of many summaries of depositions released by House impeachment investigators. The others are available here.

State Department official George Kent testified before Congress in the ongoing impeachment inquiry on Oct. 15. Below is a summary of his testimony, as compiled from the transcript of his deposition.

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The Ukraine Connection

Summary of Amb. Gordon Sondland’s Deposition Testimony

Editors note: This is one of many summaries of depositions released by House impeachment investigators. The others are available here.

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland testified before Congress in the ongoing impeachment inquiry on Oct. 17. Below is a summary of his testimony, as compiled from the transcript of his deposition.

FISA

Summary: Recent Rulings by the FISC and FISCR

On Oct. 8, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence declassified two opinions released by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review (FISCR) relating to the FBI’s use of information collected under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Intelligence Oversight

Summary: Big Brother Watch and Others v. the United Kingdom

On Sept. 13, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that the United Kingdom’s bulk data-collection programs violate human-rights law by failing to incorporate adequate privacy safeguards and oversight—but that mass surveillance and intelligence sharing did not violate international law.

Alien Tort Statute

Summary: Supreme Court Rules in Jesner v. Arab Bank

This Tuesday, the Supreme Court held in Jesner et al. v. Arab Bank, PLC that the federal courts are not available to aliens in actions against foreign corporations.

In a 5-4 vote, with Justice Anthony Kennedy writing the majority opinion, the court affirmed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s dismissal of the case and held that aliens cannot bring suit under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) against foreign corporations.

Procedural History