Faculty Notes

Prof. Julian Ku Quoted in New York Times Story on Legal Issues Raised by Kenya’s Forcible Deportation of Taiwanese Nationals to China

Julian Ku, Maurice A. Deane Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law, Faculty Director of International Programs

China to Prosecute Taiwanese in Fraud Case Despite Acquittals in Kenya
By Dan Levin
The New York Times
April 13, 2016


Deporting suspects to third countries is not illegal under international law, said Julian Ku, a professor of international law at Hofstra University.

China also has the right under international law to prosecute people suspected of committing crimes directed at Chinese territory, Mr. Ku said. “China makes a lot of bad arguments, but this one is pretty good,” he said.

“The Chinese are definitely trying to send a message,” Mr. Ku said. “Before this case, the Taiwanese were used to being consulted by China. The level of trust that made the agreement work seems to have broken down.”

Chris Buckley contributed reporting from Beijing.

A version of this article appears in print on April 14, 2016, on page A9 of the New York edition with the headline: China to Prosecute Taiwanese for Fraud Despite Acquittals in Kenya.

Read the full article at nytimes.com.