Following a Trump presidency that has had a consequential and arguably negative impact on international law and US compliance with it, how will the Biden administration attempt to restore the place of international law in US governance?

This lecture will be given by Professor Harold Hongju Koh, Eastman Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford for the 2021/22 academic year and most recently, the most senior political appointee of the Biden Administration in the Office of Legal Adviser at the US State Department.


Harold KohProfessor Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law and former Dean at Yale Law School. From 2009 to 2013 he served as the 22nd Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State and from 1998 to 2001, he served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

Professor Koh has received seventeen honorary degrees and more than thirty awards for his human rights work, including awards from Columbia Law School and the American Bar Association for his lifetime achievements in international law. He has authored or co-authored eight books, published more than 200 articles, testified regularly before Congress, and litigated numerous cases involving international law issues in both U.S. and international tribunals. He is a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and a member of the Council of the American Law Institute.

He holds a B.A. degree from Harvard College and B.A. and M.A. degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was Developments Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Before coming to Yale, he served as a law clerk for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court and Judge Malcolm Richard Wilkey of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, worked as an attorney in private practice in Washington, and served as an Attorney-Adviser for the Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice.