International Organizations Accountability Symposium: An Introduction

In 2017, Seton Hall Law School hosted a symposium on UN Accountability.  Two years ago, the conversation was largely about the Haiti cholera case against the UN , and other mass torts.  A video of the event, including a powerful Keynote Speech by Philip Alston is available here. After the event, Prof. Fréderic Mégret and I, and a number of other speakers, decided to further the conversation in a written volume.  We were delighted that Read More …

Et tu, Brute? – Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds and Failure to Prevent their Impending Genocide

Et tu, Brute? – Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds and Failure to Prevent their Impending Genocide In the late hours of 6 October 2019, the White House announced the withdrawal of US forces from northeastern Syria after a telephone call between US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The announcement shocked defense and intelligence officials and drew rare criticism from Republican lawmakers, who were not consulted before Trump’s decision and who viewed the withdrawal of Read More …

Et tu, Brute? – Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds and Failure to Prevent their Impending Genocide

Et tu, Brute? – Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds and Failure to Prevent their Impending Genocide In the late hours of 6 October 2019, the White House announced the withdrawal of US forces from northeastern Syria after a telephone call between US President Donald Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The announcement shocked defense and intelligence officials and drew rare criticism from Republican lawmakers, who were not consulted before Trump’s decision and who viewed the withdrawal of Read More …

Foreign Companies and the Internalization of Chinese Propaganda

As the ongoing controversy with the NBA over a team general manager’s tweet in support of Hong Kong has laid bare, foreign corporations and other entities operating in China face an increasingly erratic environment, where they cannot easily predict how their actions will impact their status in the country. For the NBA, the one tweet set off a chain of events which has threatened the franchise’s highly successful, decades-long foray into the China market. In Read More …

Translation: Socialist Core Value Humor

CDT has translated a selection of Chinese political jokes that have been making the rounds on social media. These jokes all poke fun at China’s so-called core socialist values, a set of 12 words used by the CCP to promote socialism with Chinese characteristics. It consists of the words “prosperity,” “democracy,” “civility,” “harmony,” “freedom,” “equality,” “justice,” “rule of law,” “patriotism,” “dedication,” “integrity,” and “friendliness.” These core values were initially promoted as an important party doctrine Read More …