John Yoo

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Biography: 

John Yoo is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. From 2001 to 2003 he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Council in the Justice Department of President George W. Bush. Professor Yoo is the author of a number of books, most recently of Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power, From George Washington to George W. Bush.

John Yoo co-hosts the Pacific Century podcast with Michael Auslin, where they broadly address developments in China and Asia. They discuss the latest politics, economics, law, and cultural news, with a focus on US policy in the region.

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Trump Can Build A Wall Without Congress

quoting John Yoovia Patriot Post
Monday, February 11, 2019

The president has several options to break what has become an inexcusable stalemate.

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The Law Will Be On Trump’s Side If He Declares An Emergency To Fund His Wall

by John Yoovia National Review
Thursday, February 7, 2019

For all the legal analysts wringing their hands at the prospect of such a move, the courts would likely uphold it.

Military Fiction

Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front (1929)

by John Yoovia Classics of Military History
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Upon its publication in 1929, All Quiet on the Western Front became a landmark of antiwar literature. It sparked a literary sensation almost overnight. Within a year of publication, it had been translated into twenty languages, including Chinese, and by April 1930, sales for twelve of the twenty editions stood at 2.5 million. Author Erich Maria Remarque was reputed to have the largest readership in the world.

Philosophy

Hugo Grotius, De Jure Belli ac Pacis (1625)

by John Yoovia Classics of Military History
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hugo Grotius’s De Jure Belli ac Pacis (1625) exerts a vast influence on international law and politics. Yet Grotius, known widely as the father of international law, is difficult to interpret. Philosopher Michael Walzer claims that Grotius “incorporated just war theory into international law.” Philosopher Richard Tuck, however, argues that Grotius “reminded his audience that he was still an enthusiast for war around the globe.”

Philosophy

Marcus Tullius Cicero, De Officiis

by John Yoovia Classics of Military History
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

More than any of the other ancients, the Romans understood war in ways that foreshadowed our own. Marcus Tullius Cicero’s De Officiis first raised questions of just war that concern us even today. Cicero first introduced the idea that war should advance some good beyond merely self-interested expansion. For Cicero, the natural state of mankind was of peace; war was an unnatural rupture. “Wars, then, are to be waged in order to render it possible to live in peace without injury,” wrote Cicero.

Philosophy

Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars (1977)

by John Yoovia Classics of Military History
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Almost immediately upon its 1977 publication, Michael Walzer’s Just and Unjust Wars became the most influential modern work on the laws of war. Though written by an avowed anti-war activist who opposed Vietnam, the work won popularity and praise because it rejected both amoral realism and pacifism and sought to resuscitate the tradition of just war.

Interviews

John Yoo On The John Batchelor Show

interview with John Yoovia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, January 31, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses his Los Angeles Times article "Finally, the Supreme Court is taking up gun rights again."

Analysis and Commentary

Finally, The Supreme Court Is Taking Up Gun Rights Again

by James C. Phillips, John Yoovia Los Angeles Times
Sunday, January 27, 2019

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court granted review of a case involving the constitutional right to keep and bear arms. The case challenges a New York City law that prohibits transporting handguns, even licensed and unloaded ones, to places outside of the city, including to a second home or a shooting range.

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Are There Limits on Emergency Powers? With John Yoo and Richard Epstein

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, January 25, 2019

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Richard Epstein and John Yoo deconstruct presidential powers concerning the government shutdown, the Mueller investigation, and the potential for impeachment by the Democrat-controlled House.

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Are There Limits On Emergency Powers? With John Yoo And Richard Epstein

interview with John Yoo, Richard A. Epsteinvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, January 25, 2019

Richard Epstein and John Yoo deconstruct presidential powers concerning the government shutdown, the Mueller investigation, and the potential for impeachment by the Democrat-controlled House.

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