Hostage Diplomacy

Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was allowed to leave Canada in late September, after spending more than 1,000 days under house arrest in Vancouver on an American extradition request. China subsequently set free Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor who have been detained since 2018. While the three-year old saga now appears to be over, important questions have been raised about the politics of extradition, specter of hostage diplomacy, and the necessary response to such practices. Professor Chimene Keitner joins us today to discuss hostage diplomacy and the case of the Two Michaels

Professor Chimène Keitner is a leading authority on international law and civil litigation, and served as the 27th Counselor on International Law in the U.S. Department of State. She has authored two books and dozens of articles, essays, and book chapters on questions surrounding the relationship among law, communities, and borders, including issues of jurisdiction, extraterritoriality, foreign sovereign and foreign official immunity, and the historical understandings underpinning current practice in these areas.

Hostage Diplomacy with Professor Chimène Keitner

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