Past Event

The Art of the (TikTok) Deal

September 30, 2020
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM


  • Ms. Yaqiu Wang is a China researcher at Human Rights Watch, working on issues including internet censorship, freedom of expression, protection of civil society and human rights defenders, and women’s rights.  Ms. Wang was born and grew up in China, and has a MA degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.  Her articles have appeared in Foreign Policy, the Atlantic, the Washington Post, and elsewhere.  She has provided commentary to the BBC, CNN, the New York Times, and others.  Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Ms. Wang worked for the Committee to Protect Journalists. 
  • Professor Bobby Chesney is the James A. Baker III Chair in the Rule of Law and World Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law, where he also serves as the Law School's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  Separately, he serves the university as Director of the Robert Strauss Center for International Security & Law.  He is a co-founder of Lawfare, the nation’s leading online source for analysis of national security legal issues, and he co-hosts (with Steve Vladeck) the popular weekly show the National Security Law Podcast. 


  • Professor Benjamin L. Liebman is the Robert L. Lieff Professor of Law and director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia Law School.  He is also the director of the Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law.  

CSIL and SLST have invited Ms. Yaqiu Wang, China Researcher at Human Rights Watch, Professor Robert Chesney of the University of Texas School of Law, and Professor Benjamin Liebman of Columbia Law School to clear up some of the confusion surrounding the recent TikTok deal between ByteDance, Oracle, and Walmart.  Join us on Zoom for a conversation, moderated by Professor Liebman, touching on the terms and politics behind the deal and its impact on US-China relations, national security, and digital human rights.  There will be a brief Q&A following the discussion. RSVP here.