If you wish to participate in this (remote) seminar, RSVP is necessary. Please complete the Registration Form before noon on Wednesday 19 January (please note that if you register after noon, a link may not be sent to you).  Prior to the Thursday seminar, you will be sent a Zoom link to join.

How far has the Biden Administration come, since taking office one year ago, in restoring the United States’ relationship with public international law and institutions? This seminar presents an inside view from Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, George Eastman Visiting Professor at Oxford and Fellow of Balliol College for 2021-22. Before arriving at Oxford for Michaelmas Term 2021, Professor Koh served from President Biden’s Inauguration to October 2021 as Senior Advisor, the only Biden political appointee, in the U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser, where he had previously served as Legal Adviser from 2009-13 in the Obama Administration and as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in the Clinton Administration.

Harold Hongju Koh is the Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School and the George Eastman Visiting Professor at Oxford and Fellow of Balliol College for 2021-22. The recipient of seventeen honorary degrees and more than thirty awards for his human rights work, Professor Koh is an Honorary Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn, an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and has served as Clarendon Law Lecturer, Smithies Lecturer, and Visiting Fellow of All Souls College, at Oxford University, and Arthur Goodhart Visiting Professor of Legal Science at Cambridge University.


Due to the current public health emergency, the PIL Discussion Group series for 2021-2022 continues to be held online. RSVP is necessary for each event. A link to the Registration Form will be available on the relevant event page prior to each event. Please complete this form to register your attendance and, prior to the event, you will be sent a Zoom link to join the discussion. Please note that if you complete the form after the deadline of noon on the preceding Wednesday, you may not receive the link to join.

The Public International Law Discussion Group at the University of Oxford is a key focal point for PIL@Oxford and hosts regular speaker events. Topics involve contemporary and challenging issues in international law. Speakers include distinguished international law practitioners, academics, and legal advisers from around the world.

PIL Discussion Group Convenors: Xiaotian Yu and Natasha Holcroft-Emmess

The Discussion Group's meetings are part of the programme of the British Branch of the International Law Association and are supported by the Law Faculty and Oxford University Press.

The speaker will commence at 12:45 and speak for around forty minutes, allowing about twenty-five minutes for questions and discussion. The meeting should conclude before 2:00.

Practitioners, academics and students from within and outside the University of Oxford are all welcome.