The Week That Was

The Week That Was: All of Lawfare in One Post

By Victoria Gallegos
Saturday, January 30, 2021, 12:17 PM

Robert Chesney, Evelyn Douek, Quinta Jurecic, Jacob Schulz, Elliot Stzer and Tia Sewell released Lawfare’s new sub-blog devoted to tracking the activity of the Facebook Oversight Board. Evelyn Douek examined Facebook Oversight Board’s ambitions in light of its first spree of cases. Jacob Schulz detailed the FOB’s first five decisions. 

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast, in which Lawfare’s Quinta Jurecic, Evelyn Douek and Jacob Schulz discussed the FOB's first decisions:

Jacob Mchangama examined the strict timelines for legally mandated content moderation and their effects on tech companies’ decisions. 

Howell shared this week’s edition of the Lawfare Podcast’s "Arbiters of Truth" series, featuring Kate Klonick and Quinta Jurecic’s conversation with Joan Donovan, a research director at the Harvard Kennedy School, about disinformation and social movements:

Daniel Byman and Benjamin Wittes discussed nine questions that must be answered by a Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection commission. 

Quinta Jurecic asked why it has taken four years for the Justice Department to file charges against an internet disinformation peddler who was active in 2016?

Philip Bobbitt argued against a late Senate impeachment trial. Jonathan Shaub examined whether a former president can invoke executive privilege in an impeachment trial.  

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast featuring Jack Goldsmith’s interview with Michael McConnell, director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School, about the interpretation of presidential power using Article II of the Constitution:

Nathaniel Persily and Charles Stewart III recommended a 12-step program to improve the American election administration and promote voter confidence.

Yevgeny Vindman analyzed the criteria for a cyberattack to be considered an act of war in light of the SolarWinds attack.  

Stewart Baker shared an episode of the Cyberlaw Podcast, which covered the final cyber-related news of the Trump administration:

Alvaro Marañon shared an update on international law enforcement efforts against NetWalker and Emotet, including unsealed indictments against Sebastien Vachon-Desjardins, who allegedly obtained $27.6 million from Netwalker attacks. 

Jordan Schneider shared an episode of ChinaTalk, featuring a discussion with Rob Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, about U.S. industrial policy:

Lester Munson shared this week’s episode of Fault Lines, entitled “The Intellectual Underpinnings of Biden’s Foreign Policy”:

Agneska Bloch and Israa Saber analyzed the impact of energy concerns, geopolitical tensions and Turkish domestic factors on Eastern Mediterranean conflict. 

Emma Svoboda discussed the recent elections in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

Almudena Azcárate Ortega discussed the contradiction of international diplomatic efforts to prevent a space arms race and continual tests of counter space technology. 

Sam Cohen and Steve Floyd analyzed the impact of illegal, unreported and unregistered (IUU) fishing on the risk of conflict at sea. Michael Sinclair argued that tackling illegal fishing is a national security imperative. 

Brian Frazelle argued that the unlawfulness of the appointments of both Kevin McAleenan and Chad Wolf, former acting secretaries of homeland security, render the last two years of policymaking illegal. 

Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast, which includes audio from last week’s confirmation hearings of four core national security nominees: Avril Haines, Alejandro Mayorkas, Lloyd Austin and Antony Blinken:

Tia Sewell shared the livestream of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the nomination of Linda Thomas-Greenfield to be the U.N. ambassador. 

Jen Patja Howell shared an episode of the Lawfare Podcast, featuring David Kris’s discussion with David Hatch, senior historian at the U.S. National Security Agency, about Project VENONA:

Bryce Klehm shared the D.C. Circuit Court’s decision to dismiss Bilal Abdul Kareem’s suit against Gina Haspel, former director of the CIA, for lack of standing. 

Klehm and Rohini Kurup posted Lawfare’s summer internship announcement. 

And Klehm shared this week’s Lawfare Live, in which Nate Persily and Charles Stewart joined Benjamin Wittes to answer questions about their recent article:

powered by CrowdcastAnd that was the week that was.