John Yoo

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Biography: 

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: Impeachment Managers Trying Harder To 'Enrage Than Convict'

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the Democrats' impeachment strategy.

The Impeachment of a Former President, with Richard Epstein, Andrew McCarthy, and John Yoo

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoo, Andrew McCarthyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

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The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump begins on February 9, 2021, but a fierce debate as to the constitutionality of trying a former president in this manner has been ongoing in the legal community for weeks. To bring some possible clarity and resolution to the matter, we assembled three of best and most cogent legal minds we know: Professor John Yoo of Berkeley Law School, Professor Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago and New York University School of Law, and Andrew McCarthy, former federal prosecutor and a legal commentator for National Review and Fox News.

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WTH Is Going On With Impeachment (Round Two)? John Yoo On The Repercussions Of Trying Donald Trump

interview with John Yoovia What The Hell Is Going On Podcast
Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo talks about the repercussions of trying Donald Trump.

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The Impeachment of a Former President, with Richard Epstein, Andrew McCarthy, and John Yoo

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoo, Andrew McCarthyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, February 8, 2021

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The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump begins on February 9, 2021, but a fierce debate as to the constitutionality of trying a former president in this manner has been ongoing in the legal community for weeks. To bring some possible clarity and resolution to the matter, we assembled three of best and most cogent legal minds we know: Professor John Yoo of Berkeley Law School, Professor Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago and New York University School of Law, and Andrew McCarthy, former federal prosecutor and a legal commentator for National Review and Fox News.

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John Yoo On The John Batchelor Show

interview with John Yoovia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, February 8, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses his National Review article "The Impeachment Trial’s Stacked Deck."

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The Impeachment Of A Former President, With Richard Epstein, Andrew McCarthy, And John Yoo

with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoo, Andrew McCarthyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, February 8, 2021

The second impeachment trial of Donald Trump begins on February 9, 2021, but a fierce debate as to the constitutionality of trying a former president in this manner has been ongoing in the legal community for weeks. To bring some possible clarity and resolution to the matter, we assembled three of best and most cogent legal minds we know: Professor John Yoo of Berkeley Law School, Professor Richard Epstein of the University of Chicago and New York University School of Law, and Andrew McCarthy, former federal prosecutor and a legal commentator for National Review and Fox News.

Analysis and Commentary

Mindless Lockdowns Destroy Lives — And Our Constitution

by John Yoo, Scott W. Atlasvia New York Post
Monday, February 8, 2021

The US Supreme Court on Friday made clear to Team Biden and state governors that the fight against the pandemic doesn’t give them a blank check against individual liberties.

Interviews

John Yoo: Supreme Court To Hear Case Of Student Punished For Profane Online Post

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Saturday, February 6, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses several cases before the Supreme Court.

Analysis and Commentary

The Impeachment Trial’s Stacked Deck

by John Yoo, Robert Delahuntyvia National Review
Friday, February 5, 2021

As the Senate launches its second impeachment trial of Donald Trump next week, its members must confront the deep unfairness of the proceedings.

In the News

Scholars Debate Over Content, Constitution Regarding Trump Impeachment

quoting John Yoovia The Observer
Friday, February 5, 2021

At an event marked by the semester’s firsts — first day of classes, first panel from Notre Dame’s department of Constitutional Studies — scholars joined to discuss the second impeachment of America’s 45th president, Donald J. Trump.

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