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, […]

Departures Podcast with Chenayi Mutambasere

When one thinks of Zimbabwe, the concept of “free and fair elections” is not the first to come to mind. And yet, like many post-Cold War authoritarian states, elections are nevertheless organized and manipulated to produce something adjacent to public legitimacy, which becomes all the more treacherous when the opposition is able to actually win […]

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 & […]

Departures Podcast with Lynette Ong, author of ‘Outsourcing Repression Everyday State Power in Contemporary China’

State repression, whether or not it’s outwardly aggressive, invites backlash. So how does the Chinese state maintain control during disruptive periods of intense urbanization, even as heavy consequences impact society?  This week Departures is pleased to feature a discussion with Lynette Ong, a Professor of Political Science at the University of Toronto about her excellent […]