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Departures Podcast with Talia Lavin

While the Internet has given us a lot of good things, from comprehensive consumer choices to powerful movements to hold the powerful accountable, it also has its darker corners where hatred is thriving, where acts of terrible violence in the real world are inspired. As a Jewish writer who had often been targeted by anti-Semitic […]

Departures Podcast with Erica De Bruin

This week we are pleased to welcome to the podcast Erica De Bruin, an Assistant Professor of Government at Hamilton College and the author of the new book, “How to Prevent Coups d’État: Counterbalancing and Regime Survival.” At the time of this conversation with Robert Amsterdam, the Michigan Republican Party board of electors had refused […]

Departures Podcast with Philip Gordon

For the past 70 years, the United States has toyed with interventionism in the Middle East on numerous occasions, from Iran to Afghanistan (twice), Iraq, Egypt, Libya, and Syria, among others. And yet, despite the consistently disastrous consequences of these efforts, the same policies continue to attract support, as US decision-makers consistently underestimate the costs […]

Special Election Edition of the Departures Podcast featuring William Burke-White

President-elect Joe Biden has won the 2020 US Presidential elections, but outgoing President Donald Trump is continuing with a show of defiance. Right from the heart of Philadelphia where the final votes are being counted, we are joined by constitutional and international law expert, Prof. William Burke-White, who shares his view of what’s been happening […]

Special Edition of the Departures Podcast with Dan Paget on Tanzania’s Botched Election

On Wednesday, October 28, 2020 the Republic of Tanzania held presidential elections. Though many feared that it would be neither free nor fair, what came to pass was much worse than could have been imagined. Robert Amsterdam, the host of this podcast, acts as an international attorney for the main opposition candidate in this election, […]

Complaint to the Commonwealth Secretariat on Tanzania Presidential Election Irregularities and Violations of the Harare Declaration

Amsterdam & Partners LLP, acting on behalf of it client Tundu Lissu, today officially filed the following complaint to the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Secretariat for Referral to the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) following numerous violations of the Harare Declaration by the regime of John Magufuli and serious irregularities in the presidential elections held […]

Lawyers for Tanzanian Opposition Leader Tundu Lissu Denounce Illegitimate Election Rigging in Filings to Commonwealth Secretariat, African Union

The following press release was distributed to media today: October 28, 2020 – The Commonwealth Secretariat and the African Union are being called up to investigate claims of electoral fraud, violence, and human rights violations which have delegitimized the presidential elections which took place in Tanzania on the 28th of October, according to a filing […]

Departures Podcast with Juan Méndez

From 1976-1983, a brutal military dictatorship disappeared some 30,000 citizens and arrested and tortured scores more in Argentina. As a young lawyer at the time known for representing dissidents and political prisoners, Juan Méndez himself was arrested and subjected to torture. The story of his career, rising to become the Special Rapporteur on Torture to […]

Departures Podcast with Jun Yoo

Korea is a deeply unique, complex, and interesting place in the world. Upended by repeated waves of war and occupation throughout its history, the modern nation has propulsively launched itself in the stratosphere culturally and economically and grown perhaps faster than any other. This presents undeniable benefits and prosperity, but also a number of accompanying […]

Open Letter to President of Tanzania John Pombe Magufuli

Today Amsterdam & Partners LLP is releasing the following open letter addressed to President John Magufuli. DOWNLOAD A PDF OF THE LETTER HERE. His Excellency John Magufuli President of The United Republic of Tanzania BY EMAIL ONLY 23 October 2020 Dear President Magufuli: As you know, this law firm represents Mr. Tundu Lissu, a citizen […]