International Law and Immigration

Ca. Int'l Law Journal 2016, vol. 24, No. 1


Presidential elections bring into sharp relief the differing positions and approaches to trade relations, national security, immigration, and the like. Starting last summer and fall, and into the spring debate season, momentous moves on the world chess board provided case studies to test the candidates’ positions.

For example, after over 35 years, certain sanctions were lifted against Iran, as the U.S. concurrently restored diplomatic relations with Cuba. More recently, President Obama removed the arms embargo with Vietnam and became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site of the atomic bomb attack in Hiroshima, Japan.

As these doors opened, others shut. Chinese foreign investors with ambitious acquisition plans, particular those involving semiconductor technology, were rebuffed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States on the grounds of national security.

Finally, the doors of governments, companies, and even law firms, were broken down, as hackers penetrated data security systems, absconding with treasure troves of confidential data. The latest case in point – the Panama Papers – rivals Daniel Ellsberg’s leak of the Pentagon Papers years ago.

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