Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Harold Hongju Koh Returns April 11 to Lecture on the Obama Administration and International Law

Yale Law School will welcome back to campus former dean Harold Hongju Koh on Monday, April 11, to deliver a Dean’s Lecture on international law and the Obama administration. Koh is currently on leave from Yale Law School as the Martin R. Flug ’55 Professor of International Law and is serving as legal adviser of the U.S. Department of State. His lecture is titled “The Obama Administration and International Law: Reducing Polarization.” It takes place at 4:30 p.m. in Room 127 and is open to the public. A reception will follow in the Alumni Reading Room. RSVP to

An expert on public and private international law, national security law, and human rights, Koh joined the faculty of Yale Law School in 1985 and served as dean from 2004 to 2009. He took leave from the Law School on June 25, 2009, when he was confirmed as Legal Adviser of the U.S. State Department. In October 2009, he was named the inaugural Martin R. Flug ’55 Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. From 1998 to 2001, he served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and previously had served on the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Public International Law.

He holds a B.A. from Harvard College, B.A. and M.A. degrees from Oxford University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. He was honored with the Yale Law School Association’s Award of Merit during Alumni Weekend 2009.