U.S. Bans on TikTok and WeChat: Legal and Policy Issues
Presented by the Asia Society of Southern California

October 5, 2020 5:00 PM    Webinar

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The Trump administration has issued a series of executive orders intended to ban two major Chinese apps, TikTok and WeChat, from the U.S. market. The executive orders, which are based on national security grounds, will prohibit Americans from carrying out any "transactions" with the parent companies of TikTok and WeChat. In response, negotiations are underway for an American company to acquire some aspects of TikTok's U.S. operations. Lawsuits have been filed by TikTok, its employees and WeChat users, challenging Trump’s executive orders. This rapidly developing situation poses multiple questions of national security, constitutional law and cybersecurity, as well as the implications on US-China relations.

Join internationally renowned experts Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, James Dempsey and Susan Shirk for an insightful discussion of the controversial executive orders from the perspectives of constitutional law, data privacy, cyber security and the US-China competition for technological dominance. Dr. Seagull Song, an Advisory Board member of the Asia Society Southern California Center, will moderate.

Erwin Chemerinsky, became the 13th Dean of Berkeley Law on July 1, 2017, when he joined the faculty as the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law. Prior to assuming this position, from 2008-2017, he was the founding Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, and Raymond Pryke Professor of First Amendment Law, at University of California, Irvine School of Law, with a joint appointment in Political Science. Before that he was the Alston and Bird Professor of Law and Political Science at Duke University from 2004-2008, and from 1983-2004 was a professor at the University of Southern California Law School, including as the Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics, and Political Science. He also has taught at DePaul College of Law and UCLA Law School. 


James Dempsey has been a leading expert on privacy and Internet policy for three decades. From 1997 to 2014, he was at the Center for Democracy & Technology, where he held a number of leadership positions, including Executive Director (2003 to 2005) and head of CDT West (2005 to 2014). In August 2012, after Senate confirmation, Dempsey was appointed by President Obama as a part-time member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB), an independent federal agency charged with advising senior policymakers and overseeing the nation’s counterterrorism programs. He served in that position until January 2017.


Susan Shirk is the Chair of the 21st Century China Center and Research Professor at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California San Diego. She is also director emeritus of the University of California’s Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC). Susan Shirk first visited China in 1971 and has been teaching, researching and engaging China diplomatically ever since. From 1997-2000, Dr. Shirk served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of East Asia and Pacific Affairs, with responsibility for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia.

Dr. Seagull Haiyan Song (moderator) is a law professor, practicing attorney, and published author on U.S.-China intellectual property law and entertainment law. She is the former Director of the Asia-America Law Institute at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and a Guest Professor at Peking University School of Law and Beijing Film Academy. Prior to  joining the academic world, Dr. Song held a number of senior positions, including Senior Counsel at Disney, overseeing the company’s IP and legal matters in the Asia Pacific region, and former partner at King and Wood, heading the IP department in the firm’s Shanghai office. Dr. Song also serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.  Dr. Song earned her LL.M. from Hong Kong University, and a second LL.M. and a J.S.D. from School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.