Yoo, John C. 1967-

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Yoo, John C. 1967-


Born June 10, 1967, in Seoul, South Korea; emigrated to the United States; married Elsa Arnett. Education: Harvard University, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1989; Yale University, J.D., 1992.


Home—Berkeley, CA. Office—University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 890 Simon Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720.E-mail—[email protected].


Worked as newspaper journalist during early career; Judge Laurence J. Silberman, U.S. Court of Appeals, Washington, DC, former clerk; University of California, Berkeley, CA, acting professor of law, 1993-99, professor of law, 1999—, director of advanced law program, 2004—; clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, 1994-95; U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, general counsel, 1995-96; U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel, deputy assistant attorney general, 2001-03. Visiting professor, Free University, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1998, and University of Chicago law school, 2003. Member of advisory committee, Standing Committee on Law and National Security, and of Scholars Advisory Panel, National Constitution Center.


American Bar Association.


Olin Foundation fellowship; Rockefeller foundation fellowship; Bator Award, Federalist Society, for excellence in legal scholarship and teaching.


The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Forreign Affairs after 9/11, University of ChicagoPress (Chicago, IL), 2005.

War by Other Means: An Insider's Account of the War on Terrorism, Atlantic Monthly Press (New York, NY), 2006.

Contributor to law journals. Member of editorial board,Berkeley Journal of International Law


John C. Yoo studied American history at Harvard University, then worked as a journalist before becoming a lawyer. His interests include national security and foreign affairs and the separation of powers. Yoo has written extensively about law and foreign affairs, publishing in the nation's major law journals. His The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and War and Peace after 9/11 provides an insider's view on the legal justifications for the ongoing war against terrorism that began with the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Andrew C. McCarthy, writing in Commentary, called the book "an essential guide for thinking about national-security challenges in an era of transnational terror networks that flout the laws of civilized warfare." National Review critics David B. Rivkin Jr. and Carlos Ramos-Mrosovsky labeled the book "an impressive scholarly achievement."



American Prospect, March, 2006, Gordon Silverstein, "All Power to the President," p. 49.

Commentary, March, 2006, Andrew C. McCarthy, "Presidential Primacy," p. 80.

Harvard Law Review, February, 2006, review of The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs after 9/11,

National Review, November 21, 2005, David B. Rivkin Jr. and Carlos Ramos-Mrosovsky, "Rights and Conflicts" review of The Powers of War and Peace, p. 48; February, 2006, review of The Powers of War and Peace.

New Republic, January 16, 2006, Cass R. Sunstein, "The 9/11 Constitution," p. 21.


University of California, Berkeley Web site,http://www.law.berkeley.edu/(August 1, 2006), faculty biography on Yoo.