John Yoo

Visiting Fellow

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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John Yoo: China's Chief Executive Carrie Lam Says There Are No Plans To Send The Military To Hong Kong As Protests Continue

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses Hong Kong, and what the US can do to help the people of Hong Kong, including inviting people and companies in Hong Kong to move to the US. Yoo notes that US leaders should make statements of support for Hong Kong.


John Yoo: Former FBI Director Comey Dodges Prosecution, Seeks Apology From Critics

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Friday, August 30, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo talks about the Department of Justice's decision not to prosecute former FBI Director Comey for leaking memos.

John Yoo: Trump Freed The Justice Department Of James Comey

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Friday, August 30, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses former FBI director James Comey's behavior as director of the FBI, and the decision not to charge Comey with crimes committed while FBI director. Yoo notes the IG report is a damning indictment, yet there is a reluctance to charge Comey.


John Yoo On The Charges Against McCabe

interview with John Yoovia Fox Business
Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the Jeffrey Epstein case, whether he thinks Andrew McCabe will be indicted, and President Trump encouraging US companies to leave China.


John Yoo On Power Line

interview with John Yoovia Ricochet
Friday, August 23, 2019

(26:25) Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses problems with universities today.


Federal Appeals Court Rules Colorado Was 'Wrong' To Force Electors To Vote For Hillary Clinton In 2016

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, August 22, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo weighs in on a federal court ruling in Colorado, concerning the Electoral College, that could make its way to the Supreme Court.

Analysis and Commentary

Asian Territorial Disputes And The 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty: The Case Of Dokdo

by Thomas Schwartz, John Yoovia Chinese Journal of International Law
Thursday, August 22, 2019

This Article analyzes whether the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty, the only multilateral international agreement that draws borders in East Asia, resolves the longstanding dispute over Dokdo between Korea and Japan. It uses the dispute to draw larger lessons about the nature of the treaty that ended World War II in the Pacific and how it structured the peace in Asia differently from that in Europe. It uses U.S. archival material to reconstruct the history of the making of the Treaty, which continues to be the most significant international legal instrument governing post-WWII Asia.

In the News

Trump Again Says He Is 'Very Seriously' Looking To End Birthright Citizenship

quoting John Yoovia Yahoo
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Eight months after first raising the idea, President Trump on Wednesday said his administration is again “very seriously” looking into ending the practice of conferring U.S. citizenship on anyone born in the United States.

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Law Talk With Epstein, Yoo & Senik: “You Asked”

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoo, Troy Senikvia Hoover Daily Report
Saturday, August 17, 2019

Richard Epstein and John Yoo take questions from podcast listeners.


John Yoo: Epstein Lawyers 'Not Satisfied' With Results Of Autopsy

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Friday, August 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses Jeffrey Epstein's legal team's challenge to his cause of death.