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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Dean Koh Testifies Before Senate Constitution Subcommittee About Rule of Law

Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh was one of nearly a dozen witnesses testifying Sept. 16 before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution about “Restoring the Rule of Law.”

Dean Koh is Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, where he has taught since 1985 and served as Dean since 2004. From 1998 to 2001, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

The Subcommittee heard testimony from legal and historical experts on what steps the next president and the next Congress must take to ensure appropriate checks and balances in a variety of areas related to the rule of law, such as warrantless wiretapping, interrogation standards, detention policy, and executive privilege.

Also testifying were Charles Cooper of Cooper & Kirk, PLLC; The Honorable Mickey Edwards of The Constitution Project; Frederick A.O. Schwarz Jr. of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law; Robert Turner of  the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law; Walter Dellinger of the Duke University School of Law; Elisa Massimino, CEO and executive director of Human Rights First; Patrick Philbin of Kirkland & Ellis LLP; John Podesta, president and CEO of the Center for American Progress Action Fund; Kyndra Rotunda of the Chapman University School of Law; and Suzanne Spaulding of the Bingham Consulting Group.

Click here to read Dean Koh’s testimony.