The U.S. Department of Justice's China Initiative
with Margaret Lewis

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TIME: Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM EDT 

PLATFORM: Zoom conference call (call-in information will be provided following event sign-up)

DESCRIPTION: The Department of Justice launched the China Initiative in November 2018 to counter national security threats emanating from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). In February 2020, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that it had about a thousand active investigations under the Initiative. The China Initiative is gaining momentum.

In a forthcoming article, Margaret K. Lewis, professor of law at Seton Hall University, argues that using “China” as the glue connecting cases under the Initiative’s umbrella creates an overly inclusive conception of the threat and attaches a criminal taint to entities that have an even tangential nexus to “China.” Implying that part of the justification for prosecution and punishment is a connection to China is problematic when assessed in light of the goals of deterrence, incapacitation, rehabilitation, and retribution. Join the National Committee on June 9 at 4:00 p.m. EDT for a virtual program with Margaret Lewis as she discusses her article.

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