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November 4, 2003

Harold Hongju Koh named Next Dean of Yale Law School

Dear Friend:

We are pleased to share with you that Harold Hongju Koh* has been appointed as Dean of Yale Law School beginning in July 2004. Below is Annoucement by Yale Law School:

November 04, 2003
Human Rights Expert Harold Koh Named Next Dean of Law School
Yale President Richard C. Levin has announced the appointment of Harold Hongju Koh, an expert on human rights and international law, as dean of Yale Law School beginning in July 2004. Koh, who has taught at Yale Law School since 1985, served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from 1998 to 2001.

"As a scholar, teacher, lawyer and public servant, Harold Koh embodies those qualities that distinguish Yale's great Law School?a love of learning and a passion for justice," Levin said. "He is a natural leader who has earned the overwhelming support and confidence of faculty, students, alumni, and staff. We all look forward to his stewardship."

Koh, 48, the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, is one of the country's leading experts on international law, international human rights, national security law and international economic law. He has received more than twenty awards for his human rights work. He was named by American Lawyer magazine in 1997 as one of America's 45 leading public sector lawyers under the age of 45. In 2000, he was named by A magazine as one of the 100 most influential Asian-Americans of the 1990s.

"It is the greatest honor of my life to be asked to serve as dean of the world's leading law school," Koh said. "For four decades I have been privileged to participate in that unique community of commitment to world-class scholarship, public service and professional excellence that Yale Law School represents. I look forward to leading this school I love into a new global century."

Koh has written more than 80 articles and authored or co-edited "Different But Equal: The Human Rights of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities" (2003); "Transnational Business Problems" (2003); "Deliberative Democracy and Human Rights" (1999); the "Justice Harry Blackmun Supreme Court Oral History" (1995, release date 2004); "Transnational Legal Problems" (1984); and "The National Security Constitution" (1990), which won the American Political Science Association's award as best book on the American presidency. His current research concerns why nations do or do not obey international law.

A graduate of Harvard College, Oxford and Harvard Law School, Koh served as law clerk to Judge Malcolm Wilkey of the D.C. Circuit, and Justice Harry Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court. Before coming to Yale, he practiced law at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington and Burling and at the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice.

A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Koh is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and has been a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He is an Overseer of Harvard University and on the Visiting Committee of Harvard Law School, an editor of the American Journal of International Law and a member of the American Law Institute. He has received Guggenheim and Century Foundation Fellowships and has been awarded seven honorary doctorates and law school medals from the Villanova Law School and Touro Law School. In 2003, Columbia Law School awarded him the Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award for his contributions to international law.

Koh, whose five-year term will begin in July 2004, will succeed Anthony Kronman, who is stepping down after 10 years as dean. "Under his leadership the School has strengthened and deepened, innovative programs have been developed and the facilities have been splendidly renewed," Levin said of Kronman.

The Koh family came to New Haven in 1961. Professor Koh, his brother, Howard, his mother, Dr. Hesung Chun Koh, and his father, the late Dr. Kwang Lim Koh, were recently named to the K100, the 100 leading Koreans and Korean-Americans in the century of Korean immigration to the United States. His parents and his sister, Jean Koh Peters, have all taught at the Yale Law School. Professor Koh lives in New Haven with his wife, Mary-Christy Fisher, an attorney at New Haven Legal Assistance Association, and their children, Emily and William.

* Harold was Guest of Honour for the ICAS Annual Liberty Award Dinner 2000 and a recipient of ICAS Annual Liberty Award.

November 04, 2003
Statement by Dean Anthony T. Kronman on the Appointment of Harold Hongju Koh as the New Dean of YLS
Harold Koh is a scholar of the first rank. His work in the all-important field of international law is original and influential. No scholar of his generation has done as much to shape the way we think about the law of nations. Harold is also a fierce champion of human rights, the most urgent cause of our time. His commitment to this cause, and to the promotion of the rule of law in general, has been inspiring to us all. Harold is a beloved teacher and a warm and generous human being. His appointment as Dean reflects the unanimous judgment of his colleagues that he is the one person best equipped, by temperament and training, to lead the Yale Law School in the next phase of its life.

As an academic leader, Harold will insure the Law School's continuing preeminence in the world of scholarship and ideas. As the School's representative to the wider world, he will be a passionate voice on behalf of those values to which the Yale Law School has long been committed--the values of justice, decency, and a respect for the humanity of men and women everywhere. I am thrilled by Harold's appointment. He is not only my colleague but my dear friend as well, and I look forward to working with Harold in the months ahead to assure a smooth transition in the deanship and the continued greatness of the Law School we both love.

Thank you.

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

ICAS Fellow