ICAS Bulletin
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March 23, 2009

Harold H. Koh


Legal Advisor of the US Department of State

Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share with you that President Barack Obama today nominated Harold Hongju Koh, ICAS Liberty Award recipient, Dean of Yale Law School, November 4, 2003) to serve as the Legal Advisor of the U.S. Department of State.

Harold Hongju Koh, Dean and Gerard C. & Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, is one of the country's leading experts on public and private international law, national security law, and human rights. From 1998 to 2001, Harold served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor during the Clinton administration, when Madeleine Albright was secretary of State. He previously served on the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on Public International Law. A Marshall Scholar, Harold graduated from Harvard, Oxford, and Harvard Law School, and has received eleven honorary degrees and more than thirty awards for his human rights work, including awards from Columbia Law School and the American Bar Association for his lifetime achievements in International law. Following clerkships with Judge Malcolm Richard Wilkey of the D.C. Circuit and Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun, Harold served as Attorney-Adviser at the Office of Legal Counsel, Department of Justice and practiced law at Covington & Burling. As a Yale law professor since 1985, Koh has taught courses, authored or co-authored eight books, published more than 170 articles, testified before Congress, and litigated numerous cases involving international law issues. A Fellow of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council of the American Law Institute, Harold has served on the Board of Editors of the American Journal of International Law and as a Counselor of the American Society of International Law. He has sat on the boards of Harvard University, the Brookings Institution, Human Rights First, the American Arbitration Association, and the National Democratic Institute. Harold has been named one of America's "45 Leading Public Sector Lawyers Under The Age of 45" by American Lawyer magazine and one of the "100 Most Influential Asian-Americans of the 1990s" by A Magazine.

Harold is relinquishing his day-to-day deanly duties immediately to prepare for his upcoming confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. If confirmed, he will officially resign as dean after five years of service.

Thank you.

Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr. Fellow & Executive Vice President

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