China Calls U.S. Shoot-Down of Spy Balloon “Indiscriminate Use of Force.” International Law Says Otherwise.

On Saturday, a suspected Chinese spy balloon was shot down by the Air Force as it drifted over the Atlantic just off the South Carolina coast, ending an unusual series of events that further strained tensions between China and the United States.

Initially spotted by civilian air passengers late last week as it drifted over Montana, China quickly claimed ownership of the balloon, which sported a payload roughly the size of three school buses, claiming it was “a civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological, purposes,” according to a statement released by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Affected by the Westerlies and with limited self-steering capability, the airship deviated far from its planned course,” the statement read. “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into US airspace due to force majeure.”

“The Chinese side will continue communicating with the US side and properly handle this unexpected situation,” the statement added.

Following its shoot down by an Air Force F-22 Raptor over the weekend, China has characterized the U.S. response as an “attack” which they claim violates “the spirit of international law” and potentially worsens relations between the countries.

In a complaint to the U.S. Embassy on Sunday, Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng called the shoot down a “U.S. attack on a Chinese civilian unmanned airship by military force,” adding that the U.S. “turned a deaf ear and insisted on indiscriminate use of force against the civilian airship,” which Xie said was “about to leave the United States airspace.”

In his complaint, the Vice Foreign Minister asserted that the U.S. “obviously overreacted and seriously violated the spirit of international law and international practice.”

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The suspected spy balloon moments after being struck by a projectile fired from a USAF F-22 Raptor (Credit: Martin Willis).

However, China’s

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Miami Law LL.M. Programs Listed Top Ten in Five Areas

The University of Miami School of Law has been selected among the top 10 schools in 2022 on LL.M. Guide’s Top LL.M. Programs by Specialty.

For the second year in a row, Miami Law’s Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law LL.M. was listed for Sports Law and Media/Entertainment Law, the Robert Traurig-Greenberg Traurig LL.M. in Real Property Development was listed for Real Estate Law, and the White and Case International Arbitration LL.M. was listed for Alternative Dispute Resolution. The International Law LL.M. took a top 10 spot this year for Global Law.

Entertainment, Arts, and Sports Law Program 

Available only at the University of Miami School of Law and taught by prominent faculty and practicing attorneys, students study the entertainment, arts, and sports law graduate degree to focus on areas of law that, in today’s world, are expanding, converging, and at times, intersecting. Hands-on, practical learning teaches skills of high value which can provide the tipping point for attorneys contending for jobs in very competitive areas.

In the #1 spot in the category, the LL.M. Guide writes: “This school offers an LL.M. in Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law that is considered one of the best in America. Being based in Miami and South Florida, home to all the major professional sports franchises in baseball, football, basketball, and hockey, is a huge advantage for networking and career opportunities. 

“Miami is now recognized as a vibrant hub for all three sectors, home to divisions of entertainment companies such as Sony, HBO, Viacom, and the BBC,” the guide wrote.

Real Estate Specialty

Also in the #1 spot for the category, the Real Property Development LL.M. — widely regarded as the nation’s best — is designed for the law graduate or attorney who wants to acquire or expand expertise in

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Stuart Senator: The Different Areas of Practice in Law?

Like any profession, a simple one-word title like “lawyer” is highly generic. The fact is, every lawyer has a major area of practice. Within that focus are usually a few other areas of expertise.

What are the different major areas of practice in law? There are several major areas of focus for lawyers, each requiring a unique set of skills and expertise. Stuart Senator of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP figured out his focus of complex business litigation in trial and appellate courts, and investigations led by the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice. 

Some more popular areas include criminal law, international law, family law, contract law, intellectual property law, and many others. Of course, people then have a chance to go into smaller niches within these types of law to take their focus to the next level.

Criminal Law

A lawyer’s main role in criminal law is to represent their client’s interests in court proceedings related to allegations of crime or wrongdoing. This often involves collecting evidence and building a solid case on behalf of the client that demonstrates their innocence or lack of culpability in any criminal acts. 

Lawyers specializing in this area must have excellent communication skills as they will be required to effectively present their arguments and evidence both verbally and in writing to judges and juries. It can be stressful and long but finding ways to craft the best possible scenario for a client matters.

International Law

Another important area of focus for lawyers is international law, which involves the legal relationships between different countries and international organizations. In many cases, an attorney specializing in this field will work together with advocates from other countries to help resolve disputes or

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THEVOZ Attorneys is now THEVOZ & Partners

Olivier Thevoz, Esq., international business and tax attorney.

Olivier Thevoz, Managing Partner, THEVOZ & Partners

Fabrice Kuhn, international business and tax attorney

Fabrice Kuhn, Partner, THEVOZ & Partners

Olivier Francioli, international business and tax attorney

Olivier Francioli, Partner, THEVOZ & Partners

The fast-growing law firm is well-positioned to offer expanded services to international business and tax clients.

The name THEVOZ & Partners better reflects the contributions of our firm’s partners and their diverse experience in expanded areas of international business law.”

— Olivier Thevoz, Esq.

AUSTIN, TEXAS, UNITED STATES, July 5, 2022 / — THEVOZ Attorneys, a fast-growing international business and tax law firm with offices in Switzerland and the United States, has announced that the firm will adopt the name THEVOZ & Partners to reflect the recent growth of the firm along with its outlook for continued growth and expansion.

Olivier Thevoz, Managing Partner of THEVOZ & Partners, said, “The name THEVOZ & Partners better reflects the contributions of our firm’s partners and their diverse experience in expanded areas of international business law.” He added, “We are well-positioned to offer expanded services to clients as a result of the growth of our firm.”

Partner Fabrice Kuhn added, “As a boutique law firm with offices in the United States and Switzerland, we are able to provide high-quality, direct, and personal services to our clients having US-Swiss cross-border issues. This makes our firm unique.”

The firm’s newest Partner Olivier Francioli went on to add, “The complementary skills of our partners allow us to meet all our clients’ needs in terms of legal services in the field of tax and business law.”

THEVOZ & Partners began in Switzerland as T&CO Attorneys in 2015 and expanded in 2016 opening an office in the United States located in Austin, Texas. The firm has quickly grown to become a leading international business law and international tax law firm with expertise in tax, finance and

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