Mr. Ahmed and Professors Erie and Kellogg will discuss public international law and human rights concerns in the evolving relationship between China and the Muslim world. Commercial law will be touched on as well as concerns between Chinese investors and Muslim majority host states.
Akbar Shahid Ahmed covers U.S. foreign policy for HuffPost. Based in Washington, D.C., he's broken stories on efforts by Congress to limit U.S. support for a Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen and how Islamophobic activists are advising the Trump White House. He's also reported from across the Muslim-majority world on matters from how China's economic plans affect the delicate ethnic balance inside Pakistan to threats to journalists working under U.S.-friendly Kurdish governments. He grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, where he started regularly contributing to the English-language paper DAWN at 14; he's also written for Newsline magazine, Generation Progress, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and provided analysis for MSNBC, Al Jazeera, BBC Radio and SXSW 2018. He is a graduate of Yale University, where he studied global affairs, with a focus on Asia, and grand strategy.
Matthew S. Erie is an Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Studies and Associate Research Fellow of the Socio-Legal Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. Professor Erie’s interdisciplinary work stimulates conversations between law and anthropology to study the procedural aspects of domestic and cross-border commercial dispute resolution. In particular, he investigates the emergence and reconciliation of conflicts of law and normative pluralism in the course of increasing intersections of non-liberal values and Anglo-American common law. His current research, funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant, examines the changing landscape of international commercial dispute resolution against the backdrop of protectionist movements in the U.S., UK, and Europe and increasing Chinese outbound investment.
Thomas E. Kellogg is the Executive Director of the Georgetown Center for Asian Law, where he oversees various programs related to law and governance in Asia. He is a leading scholar of legal reform in China, Chinese constitutionalism, and Chinese approaches to international law. Kellogg has written widely on law and politics in China, and has lectured on Chinese law at a number of universities in the United States, China, and Europe. He has also taught courses on Chinese law at Columbia, Fordham, and Yale Law Schools. Prior to joining Georgetown Law, Kellogg was Director of the East Asia Program at the Open Society Foundations.
Co-sponsored by the Muslim Law Students Association and the Center for Chinese Legal Studies.