Robert Amsterdam

Disruption and the Weaponization of Law

Robert Amsterdam

Talk: Disruption and the Weaponization of Law

Robert Amsterdam, an international lawyer who has intensively worked on high-level political cases in more than a dozen countries across Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America, argues that the political pressure being applied against judicial systems and prosecutors has resulted in a crisis of legitimacy and weakened institutions. International law and foreign policy have been weaponized while individual entrepreneurs now face risks unimagined in years past. Drawing comparisons between his own client experiences facing down politically-charged cases, Amsterdam proposes that companies must undertake corporate foreign policies to help them navigate these challenges and protect against the next challenges of the future.

Robert Amsterdam

Robert is a Canadian international lawyer of the law firm Amsterdam & Partners, with offices in Washington, D.C. and London.Some of Amsterdam's most well known cases were related to early work in Africa and Latin America (well before his later Russia-related issues).