Job Sikhala’s Open Letter from Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison

This week we have distributed the following open letter from our client, Zimbabwean political prisoner and Member of Parliament Job Sikhala, who has been unlawfully imprisoned on politically motivated charges without trial since June 14, 2022. Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison Harare, Zimbabwe 03 August 2022 INTRODUCTION I write to you all, your Excellencies, Heads of […]

Departures Podcast with Jamie Martin, author of ‘The Meddlers’

“If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em,” is often a colloquial proverb tossed around to express a reluctant surrender to whatever dominant force one may be facing – but it might also be a decent way to express how many states have found their domestic political options increasingly constrained by in the age of globalization, […]

Press Release: ‘World is Watching Upcoming Bail Hearing of Job Sikhala’

The following press release was distributed to media today: LONDON, 1 AUGUST 2022 – On Tuesday, August 2, the Zimbabwean Member of Parliament Job Sikhala will be appearing in court for a bail hearing after 47 days of jail time which will be closely monitored by the international community, says Sikhala’s lawyer Robert Amsterdam. Mr. […]

Press Release: Amsterdam & Partners LLP Retained by Zimbabwean MP Job Sikhala

The following press release was distributed to media today: LONDON, July 28, 2022 – Job Sikhala, a Zimbabwean opposition lawmaker and interim chairman of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) party who has been detained for more than 43 days, will be represented by international lawyer Robert Amsterdam, founding partner of Amsterdam & Partners LLP, […]

BOOK LAUNCH: ‘Web of Influence’ Details Sweeping Abuses and Impunity across Fethullah Gülen US Charter School Network

The following press release was distributed to media today. A livestream of the press conference will be available across our various social media platforms. ‘Web of Influence’ examines the secretive lobbying and influence operations and issues demand for accountability, enforcement, and enhanced oversight ISTANBUL, July 7, 2022 – Today the law firm of Amsterdam & […]

Oxfam’s ‘Star Chamber’ Findings on N’Daw Matter Do Not Meet Minimum Standards of Due Process

The following statement was issued today by Robert Amsterdam of Amsterdam & Partners LLP: In a recent article published by the Times of London, our client, the former country director for Oxfam in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ms. Corinne N’Daw, was featured in a negative and improper light. The article wrongly indicates that Ms. […]

Full Text of Letter to Ottawa Police in Volgemut Case

The following is the full text of the letter sent by Robert Amsterdam of Amsterdam & Partners LLP to Chief Peter Sloly of the Ottawa Police (see press release here). URGENT Chief Peter Sloly Ottawa Police Services 474 Elgin Street Ottawa, Ontario slolyp@ottawapolice.ca September 28, 2021 RE: Aleksandra Nicole Volgemut, DOB: October 28 2018 Dear […]

Departures Podcast with Serhii Plokhy

Looking back almost 60 years ago when the United States and the Soviet Union came within an inch of destroying the world via all-out nuclear war, we continue to gain new insights into the dramatic events, the changing of thinking and decision-making that went on in both ExComm and the Presidium. This week we’re proud […]

Special Departures Podcast Episode on Afghanistan featuring Alexander Cooley

The rapid collapse of Kabul in the final weeks of the US withdrawal has forced a reckoning of not only Washington’s failure in the region but broader questions about US foreign policy and what the Biden administration wants (or is actually able) to achieve. This week Departures with Robert Amsterdam is pleased to welcome a […]

Departures Podcast with Anne Meng, author of ‘Constraining Dictatorship: From Personalized Rule to Institutionalized Regimes’

When we think about dictatorships and authoritarian regimes, we tend to think of extremes. Places like North Korea, with brutal, absolutist rulers vanquishing their opponents with prejudice and limitless power. But that’s really not the reality for most autocratic countries, in fact, there are usually a series of executive constraints, rules, procedures, and structures even […]