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China, international law, and Covid-19

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By Romel Regalado Bagares

A novel coronavirus

On December 30 last year, Dr. Ai Fen, Director of medical emergency at Wuhan Central hospital in Hubei province, received the lab results of a patient with flu-like symptoms that had proved to be resistant to prescribed treatment.

The lab results turned up a dreaded note: “Sars coronavirus,” according to an interview she gave with the Chinese magazine, Renwu, or “People,” translated into English by the British newspaper The Guardian and published on March 11.

It made her break into a sweat. After making sure she read the note correctly, she snapped a photo of the report using her smartphone and sent it to a colleague at another hospital in the city of around 11 million. By day’s end, that photo  would circulate in chat groups, and reached another doctor at her  hospital, Dr. Li Wenliang. It was the latter who…

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March 27, 2020 at 9:18 am

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Mateo Cariño and the Coudert Brothers

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Another fascinating find in Philippine legal history — it is well-known that the Mateo Cariño case was litigated by the Coudert Brothers, but Philippine legal history or constitutional law classes often don’t say anything about their background.

They were in fact, French Bonapartist emigres (cf, Karl Marx’s 18th Brumaire, if you want to know what a Bonapartist was) — devote Catholics at that — who set up in New York a lucrative consular practice based on their familiarity with the best European traditions of law (aside from French, they were also fluent in Spanish). Later on, they would set up what would become America’s first ever international law firm. When the Philippines became an American colony, they were the first to establish a Manila branch (in 1903), and in a few years, they would become counsel for Mateo Carino, that famous name synonymous with indigenous people’s rights and…

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March 21, 2020 at 8:22 am

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