John Yoo

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John Yoo is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law at the University of California–Berkeley School of Law, and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. His most recent book is Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power (St. Martin’s 2020).

Yoo has served in all three branches of government. He was an official in the US Department of Justice, where he worked on national security and terrorism issues after the September 11 attacks. He served as general counsel of the US Senate Judiciary Committee under its chairman, Orrin Hatch of Utah. And he has been a law clerk for Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas and US Court of Appeals judge Laurence Silberman.  

He held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Trento in Italy, and he has also been a visiting professor at Keio Law School in Japan, Seoul National University in Korea, Chapman Law School, the University of Chicago, and the Free University of Amsterdam. Professor Yoo also has received the Paul M. Bator Award for excellence in legal scholarship and teaching from the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy.

Yoo is the author of a number of books: Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War(2017); Point of Attack (2014)Taming Globalization (2012); Crisis and Command (2010)War by Other Means (2016); and The Powers of War and Peace (2005). He has co-edited three other books, most recently Liberty’s Nemesis: The Unchecked Expansion of the State (2016) (with Dean Reuter).

Professor Yoo received his B.A., summa cum laude, in American history from Harvard University. Between college and law school, he worked as a newspaper reporter in Washington, D.C. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal.

John Yoo co-hosts the Pacific Century podcast with Michael Auslin, broadly addressing developments in China and Asia. They discuss the latest politics, economics, law, and cultural news, with a focus on US policy in the region. He also co-hosts LawTalk with Richard Epstein and Troy Senik, discussing the latest developments in law and politics.

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John Yoo On The Hunter Biden Email Debate

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Friday, October 16, 2020
Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the Hunter Biden story and censorship.
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John Yoo: Rapper Ice Cube Takes Heat For Working With Trump Administration

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Friday, October 16, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses President Trump's townhall and how President Trump's policies help all groups.

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Pacific Century: An American Statesman Discusses China

interview with Michael R. Auslin, George P. Shultz, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Friday, October 16, 2020

George Shultz on how to understand China’s future.

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John Yoo: Senate Judiciary Committee Sets Vote On Judge Barrett

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, October 15, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the potential confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett and what (if anything) Democrats can do to stop the confirmation.

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John Yoo On The John Batchelor Show

interview with John Yoovia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the Amy Coney Barrett hearings as well as some of the cases she has been asked about including Roe v. Wade.

John Yoo Predicts Amy Coney Barrett Will Be On Supreme Court 'Two Weeks From Tomorrow'

interview with John Yoo
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the Amy Coney Barrett hearings as well as some of the cases she has been asked about including Roe v. Wade.

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John Yoo On Fox Across America

interview with John Yoovia Fox Across America
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the Amy Coney Barrett hearings.

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John Yoo: Confirmation Clash: Judge Barrett Grilled By Democrats On ACA, Roe V. Wade

interview with John Yoovia Brian Kilmeade Show
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett.

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John Yoo: Presidential Power & Its Limits

interview with John Yoovia Briefly
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses presidential power, its limits, and its future.

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How The Constitution Prevents Socialism

by John Yoovia PolicyEd
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

The Constitution was designed to protect individual liberties and prevent the centralization of power, making it uniquely suited to resist socialism.

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