John C. Yoo

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

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

John C. Yoo

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

University of California, 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 PowerHow Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War, co-authored with Jeremy Rabkin. His other books include Point of AttackTaming Globalization; Crisis and CommandWar 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 TimesWashington PostLos Angeles Timesand 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.

Contributions

Deep Dive Episode 217 – The Separation of Powers, From Washington to Sacramento

April 15, 2022

An expert panel debates the distinctions between the federal and state separation of powers doctrines, using California as an example.

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The Separation of Powers, From Washington to Sacramento

April 15, 2022

An expert panel debates the distinctions between the federal and state separation of powers doctrines, using California as an example.

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Deep Dive Episode 145 – The True Extent of Executive Power

November 16, 2020

The Federalist Society’s Georgetown Law Student Chapter and the Regulatory Transparency Project hosted John Yoo and Saikrishna Prakash for a discussion on the extent of executive power.

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The True Extent of Executive Power

November 16, 2020

The Federalist Society’s Georgetown Law Student Chapter and the Regulatory Transparency Project hosted John C. Yoo and Saikrishna B. Prakash for a discussion on the extent of executive power.

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