John Yoo

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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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How to Make China Pay

by John Yoo, Ivana Stradnervia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Beijing hid the coronavirus outbreak, at the cost of broken economies and lost lives. International law offers one way to seek damages.

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Defending The “Defender In Chief”: John Yoo On Trump’s Fight For Presidential Power

interview with John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, August 3, 2020

On the occasion of his new book, Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power, Hoover visiting fellow and Berkeley Law School professor John Yoo joins the show to make a spirited case against the criticisms of Donald Trump for his supposed disruption of constitutional rules and norms.

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John Yoo: Discussion On Executive Power & The Constitution

interview with John Yoovia C-SPAN
Monday, August 3, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo analyzes executive power and constitutional norms during the Trump administration and his new book Defender in Chief: Donald Trump's Fight for Presidential Power.

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John Yoo On Ricochet Podcast: How You Doing?

interview with John Yoovia Ricochet
Monday, August 3, 2020

(16:50) Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses his new book Defender in Chief: Donald Trump's Fight for Presidential Power.

Defending the “Defender in Chief”: John Yoo on Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power

interview with John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, August 3, 2020

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On the occasion of his new book, Defender in Chief: Donald Trump’s Fight for Presidential Power, Hoover visiting fellow and Berkeley Law School professor John Yoo joins the show to make a spirited case against the criticisms of Donald Trump for his supposed disruption of constitutional rules and norms.

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Trump, New Legal Guru Meet At White House

featuring John Yoovia The Hill
Sunday, August 2, 2020

President Trump and University of California, Berkeley law professor John Yoo met face-to-face at the White House for the first time on Thursday, the lawyer confirmed to The Hill.

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John Yoo On The DACA Decision And The Dangerous Implications For Executive Power

interview with John Yoovia Ricochet
Friday, July 31, 2020
Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo explains why the SCOTUS ruling on DACA creates a dangerous precedent for executive power. He also discusses Chief Justice John Roberts’ voting record, President Trump’s defense of the Constitution, and what’s at stake in the 2020 election.
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University Of California's John Yoo On His New Book "Defender In Chief"

interview with John Yoovia Chicago's Morning Answer
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses his recent book Defender in Chief: Donald Trump's Fight for Presidential Power.

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John Yoo: Tense Barr, Big Tech Hearings Highlight Heated Week On Capitol Hill

interview with John Yoovia Fox News
Thursday, July 30, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow John Yoo discusses the atrocious treatment of Attorney General Bill Barr by the House Judiciary Committee.

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John Yoo: Trump Reelection Could Flip Federal Appellate Courts From Liberal To Conservative Control

by John Yoovia Fox News
Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Supreme Court battles attract attention, but appellate court appointments are vitally important.

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