ICAS Liberty Award
The HON HAROLD HONGJU KOH
Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour
Guest of Honour
December 21, 2000 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Sheraton University City Hotel Palmaire Room, Philadelphia
We are pleased to share with you that The Hon Harold Hongju Koh, Assistant
Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, U S Department of
State, will be honoured as Guest of Honour at the ICAS Annual Liberty Award
Dinner on December 21, 2000 for his "brilliant diplomatic achievement
and outstanding public service".
Harold Hongju Koh was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy,
Human Rights and Labor on November 13, 1998. A Korean-American, he was
nominated by President Clinton on September 10, 1998 and confirmed by the
Senate on October 21, 1998.
As Assistant Secretary, Koh advises Secretary Albright on U.S. policy on
democracy, human rights, labor, the rule of law, and religious freedom.
Assistant Secretary Koh formerly served as the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe
Smith Professor of International Law and Director of the Orville H. Schell,
Jr. Center for International Human Rights at Yale Law School. Before beginning
his professorship at Yale in 1985, Harold clerked for both Judge Malcolm
Richard Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit and Justice
Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court. He worked in private
practice in Washington, DC and as an attorney at the Office of Legal Counsel
at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Assistant Secretary Koh has authored more than 70 articles on international
law, human rights, constitutional law, and international business transactions
and trade, and is author or editor of several books on international relations,
law and human rights. He is the winner of the 1991 Richard E. Neustadt Award
from the American Political Science Association for the best book on the
American Presidency and a 1996 Guggenheim Fellowship. Harold has received
numerous honors for his human rights work, including an Honorary Doctor of
Laws from City University of New York Law School, the Asian American Bar
Association of New York's 1997 Outstanding Lawyer of the Year Award and
recognition by American Lawyer magazine in 1997 as one of the country's 45
leading public sector lawyers under the age of 45.
Assistant Secretary Koh earned a B.A. from Harvard University in 1975, an
Honours B.A. from Magdalen College, Oxford University in 1977, and a J.D.
from Harvard Law School in 1980. He has been a Visiting Fellow and Lecturer
at Magdalen and All Souls Colleges, Oxford University, and has taught at The
Hague Academy of International Law, the University of Toronto, and the George
Washington University National Law Center.
He is married to Mary-Christy Fisher, an attorney, and has two children, Emily
Sang Joo Kim / signed
Sr Fellow & Executive Vice President
N.B. ICAS Liberty Award recipient: Tony P Hall, Charles Kartman, Jeong H
Kim, Lawrence R Klein, Jerome J Shestack, Richard L Walker