The Squire Law Library and the Faculty of Law are pleased to announce an entry into the Eminent Scholars Archive for Professor Harold Hongju Koh.
Professor Harold Hongju Koh was the Arthur Goodhart Visiting Professor of Legal Science for the academic years 2018-19. He was interviewed in his rooms in Christ’s College on 28th May 2019.
Professor Koh has been the Sterling Professor of International Law, Yale Law School since 2013, where he teaches and researches in Procedure, Public and Private International Law, Human Rights, Law and U.S. Foreign Policy, Law and National Security, Brexit and the Law, International Business Transactions, Constitution and Foreign Affairs, International Trade, International Organizations, Law of Climate Change, International Law and Political Science.
The interview gives a fascinating account of how Professor Koh’s parents went to the USA from Korea, and the immense contributions to scholarship he and his family have made at Harvard and Yale. Before his present academic position at Yale, Harold was, inter alia, Dean and the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School (2004-2009). During 2009-13 he served as Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State during the administration of President Barack Obama. He talks extensively of his experiences in these important posts.
This is the thirteenth in a growing collection of interviews with the Goodhart professors, previous interviewees being Professor Martti Koskenniemi, Sir Robin Auld, Justice Paul Finn, Professor Leslie Zines, Professor Jane Stapleton, Professor Peter Cane, Professor Spyridon Flogaitis, Professor Gerald Postema, Professor David Dyzenhaus, Professor Tony Smith, Professor Cheryl Saunders, and Professor Sir John Laws.