The Week That Was

The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Anushka Limaye
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8:16 AM

Craig Forcese discussed Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou’s legal battle in Canada over extradition to the United States, and Quinta Jurecic shared Huawei’s lawsuit against the United States.

Austin Lowe explored China’s reform of its foreign investment framework, and its relation to U.S. concerns regarding Chinese economic policies.

Rachel Brown and Preston Lim posted this week’s SinoTech column, which was focused on President Trump’s delay of tariffs on Chinese Imports. Nathan Swire posted the latest edition of Water Wars, covering Chinese military activity off of the Philippine island of Thitu.

Elena Chachko assessed the implications of the Israeli Attorney General’s decision to consider moving forward with indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with multiple counts of corruption.

James A. Piazza analyzed the influence that diaspora communities have on terrorist groups.

Emma Broches provided a comprehensive overview of U.S. and EU efforts to hold the Syrian regime and its supports accountable for crimes.

Stewart Baker posted this week’s episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast, in which he sat down with Gordon Crovitz and Steve Brill, the founders of NewsGuard, to discuss their battle against the “fake news" problem:

Keith E. Whittington explored the question of when impeachment is the appropriate response to presidential misconduct.

Ryan Scoville considered the use of the Freedom of Information Act by law professors in their research.

Susan Hennessey posted her Tuesday interview with FBI Director Chris Wray at the 2019 RSA Conference about his analysis of the cyber threat landscape, and FBI efforts to protect the 2020 election:

Sarah Grant provided a summary of oral arguments in Force v. Facebook, a case about whether or not Facebook can be held liable for the use of its platform by users linked to Hamas in coordinating and encouraging attacks.

Stephanie Zable examined the implications that the European Union’s new Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges system will have for U.S. sanctions against Iran.

Jen Patja Howell shared this week’s Rational Security, in which the team discussed Jared Kushner’s security clearance, President Trump’s summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and the NSA’s apparent discontinuation of its phone metadata collection program:

Robert Chesney analyzed that same telephone metadata program, and whether it should be salvaged or thrown out.

Later that day, Matthew Kahn shared Sens. Tim Kaine and Todd Young’s bill revoking the 1991 and 2002 authorizations for military force in Iraq. Kahn also shared Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s testimony before the Homeland Security Committee, and the text of an executive order by President Trump revoking certain reporting requirements for U.S. counterterrorism strikes imposed by executive order in the Obama administration.

Robert Chesney and Steve Vladeck discussed that executive order, and much more, on this week's National Security Law Podcast:

In other analysis of executive power, Stewart Baker argued that a provision of the recent appropriations bill could prove useful in the Trump administration’s efforts to require asylum seekers to remain outside U.S. borders until their cases are resolved, while Jessica Zhang and Andrew Patterson assessed a class action lawsuit in New York the denial of in-person hearings to immigrants.

Matthew Kahn provided House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings’ request to White House counsel Pat Cipollone for documents related to the White House’s security clearance process, as well as Cipollone’s response.

On Saturday’s edition of the Lawfare Podcast, posted by Jen Patja Howell, Margaret Taylor discussed security issues and day-to-day operations in Congress with Luke Murry and Daniel Silverberg:

On Tuesday’s Lawfare Podcast, shared by Jen Patja Howell, Jack Goldsmith sat down with John Judis to talk about his book, “The Nationalist Revival”:

Hayley Evans and Natalie Salmanowitz reviewed developments related to an upcoming meeting of the U.N.’s Group of Governmental Experts to discuss strategies regarding lethal autonomous weapons systems.

Todd Carney provided context behind North Macedonia’s recent name change and analyzed the implications this has for NATO.

And Brian Corcoran examined how Mondelez v. Zurich, a lawsuit in Illinois, can reveal how government attribution of cyberattacks affects cyber insurance markets.

And that was the week that was.