Prof. John C. Yoo

Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley School of Law

John Yoo is the Emanuel Heller Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley and a Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. His latest book, Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War, was published in September 2017.
His other books include Point of Attack (Oxford UP 2014); Taming Globalization (Oxford UP 2012), Confronting Terror (Encounter 2011); Crisis and Command (Kaplan 2010); War by Other Means (Grove/Atlantic 2006); and The Powers of War and Peace (Chicago UP 2005).  In 2014, Professor Yoo co-founded the Korea Law Center, the nation’s leading center for the study of U.S.-Korean legal issues, and he directs Berkeley’s Public Law and Policy program.
Professor Yoo has published numerous articles in the United States’ top law journals.  He also regularly contributes to the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, National Review, and The Weekly Standard, 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 Office of Legal Counsel of 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 Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Laurence Silberman of the U.S. Court of appeals in Washington, DC.  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, where he was an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal, and summa cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in American history.

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Panel Two: What are the Limits of Local Control?

2019 Annual Western Chapters Conference

When is it appropriate for states and cities to contradict or ignore federal law? Do...