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: Conservative Supreme Court Majority? What It Could Mean On These Issues

by John Yoovia Fox News
Monday, September 21, 2020

Conservatives have long sought to create a majority to address the excesses of the Warren Court.

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Area 45: Replacing “The Notorious RBG”

interview with John Yoovia Area 45
Sunday, September 20, 2020

The legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg as well as the pros and cons of waging a bitter confirmation battle before or after Election Day. 

Interviews

John Yoo: How Justice Ginsburg Shaped America’s History

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Saturday, September 19, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Interviews

Charge Violent Protesters With Sedition? Why John Yoo Wouldn't Recommend It

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Friday, September 18, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo talks about whether sedition charges against violent anti-American radicals is a good idea.

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The Don And The Constitution With John Yoo

interview with John Yoovia Liberty Law Talk (Library of Law and Liberty)
Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo talks about his new book, Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power.

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John Yoo: GOP Senators Call For Probe Of Mueller Team Phones

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Saturday, September 12, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the Mueller investigation including the Mueller team's wiping of their phones.

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Pacific Century Writes Another Book!

interview with Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Friday, September 11, 2020

Defender-in-Chief and the Trump Doctrine in Asia.

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John Yoo: Former FBI Agent Peter Strzok Calls President Trump A National Security Threat

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo talks about the presidential race and possible Russian interference.

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Trump And Biden Could Face Dramatic Post-Election Battle — Here’s What Might Happen

by John Yoovia Fox News
Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Election Day is Nov. 3. But if the vote is close, we might not know who wins control of the White House until December or even January. Multiple, complex scenarios could play out before either Donald Trump or Joe Biden takes the oath of office Jan. 20.

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John Yoo: Republican National Convention 2020 Recap

interview with John Yoovia The Bill Bennett Show
Wednesday, September 2, 2020

(54:00) Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses his new book Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power.

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