Coping with Legal Challenges Arising from the Pandemic: A HKU Webinar Series

Assessing the Risks and Uncertainties with the Covid-19 Litigations Against China

Professor Jacques DeLisle
Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Dr. Angela Zhang
Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong

Since the outbreak of Covid-19, a spate of complaints have been filed against China in US courts seeking to hold China accountable for the enormous damages caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Parallel to these litigations, Republican lawmakers are drafting bills to enable plaintiffs to move forward with these lawsuits. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is contemplating various sanctions against China. What are the potential legal hurdles for plaintiffs as they proceed with the litigations? What are the risks and uncertainties of the legislative proposal to enable suits against China? What are the potential legal and political ramifications of these cases? What legal issues do possible US measures against China raise?

About the speakers:
Professor Jacques deLisle, Stephen A. Cozen Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Professor deLisle’s research and teaching focus on contemporary Chinese law, politics, and international relations. Professor deLisle is also Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for the Study of Contemporary China, Co-Director of the Center for Asian Law at Penn and Director of the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

Professor deLisle will be interviewed by Dr. Angela Zhang, Director of the Center for Chinese Law and Associate Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong.