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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The GOP Needs Asian Voters

by Avik Roy, John Yoovia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Conservatives need to show a particular regard for the desires of Asian-Americans—including their desires for liberty and justice for all.

Analysis and Commentary

Executive Power & The Louisiana Purchase

interview with John Yoovia The Federalist Society
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the Louisiana Purchase, executive power, and the Constitution.

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Pacific Century: Hong Kong, The G-20, And The North Korea Visit: Sound And Fury Signifying?

interview with Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Friday, July 12, 2019

The US appears to make diplomatic progress with China on trade and North Korea on nuclear weapons, but did it?


John Yoo On Mueller Testimony: Democrats Are Torn Between Oversight And Grandstanding

featuring John Yoovia Fox News
Friday, July 12, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo notes that the House Judiciary Committee needs Robert Mueller more than he needs them.

John Yoo: Discussing Citizenship Question Alternatives: Yoo On Fox News’ ‘The Ingraham Angle’

interview with John Yoovia AEI
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the removal of the citizenship question on the census form.


John Yoo Says Jeffrey Epstein's Lawyers Know That They Are In A Tough Spot

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo talks about what Jeffrey Epstein's lawyers should do, which is reach a plea bargain so that the case never makes it into a courtroom.
Analysis and Commentary

Roberts Thwarted Trump, But The Census Ruling Has A Second Purpose

by John Yoo, James Phillipsvia The Atlantic
Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Supreme Court rejected Trump’s citizenship question, but the ruling serves a conservative counterrevolution against the administrative state.

In the News

The Clarence Thomas Effect

quoting John Yoovia The Atlantic
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The notoriously quiet Supreme Court justice has had a far-reaching influence on the personnel of the Trump administration, which may be his most lasting legacy. Clarence Thomas is the longest-serving justice currently sitting on the Supreme Court. For much of his tenure, court watchers and critics have dismissed his jurisprudence as largely irrelevant, demoting him to the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s judicial sidekick.


John Yoo: AG Barr Sees Path To Legally Add Citizenship Question To Census

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the issues related to including the citizenship question on the census.

In the News

Breaking The Liberal Monopoly On College Faculties Will Take More Than Hope

quoting John Yoovia Daily Caller
Monday, July 8, 2019

As President Trump delivered his well-received patriotic Independence Day tribute to America, the braying leftist college professoriate erupted in social-media fireworks, underscoring the importance of offering saner higher-education alternatives to young people. UC Berkeley professor and former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich compared Trump to a dictator glorifying himself with a military parade.