Prof. John C. Yoo

Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law; Co-Faculty Director, Korea Law Center; and Director, Public Law & Policy Program, UC Berkeley School of Law

John Yoo is the Emanuel Heller Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. At Berkeley, Professor Yoo directs the Public Law and Policy program and the Korea Law Center.

His latest books are Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War, co-authored with Jeremy Rabkin. His other books include Point of Attack; Taming Globalization; Crisis and Command; War by Other Means; and The Powers of War and Peace.

Professor Yoo has published almost 100 scholarly articles on subjects including national security, constitutional law, international law, and the Supreme Court. He also regularly contributes to the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and National Review, among others. He has also been a columnist for his hometown newspaper, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Professor Yoo has served in all three branches of government. He was an official in the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on national security and terrorism issues after the September 11 attacks. He served as general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee under Chairman Orrin Hatch of Utah. He has been a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and federal appeals Judge Laurence Silberman. He has been a visiting professor at Seoul National University, Trento University, University of Chicago, and the Free University of Amsterdam.

Professor Yoo graduated from Yale Law School and summa cum laude from Harvard College.

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