Prof. John C. Yoo

Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law, University of California Berkeley School of Law
John C. Yoo

John 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. He then clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit.

Professor Yoo joined the Boalt faculty in 1993, then clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. He served as general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995-96. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on issues involving foreign affairs, national security and the separation of powers.

Professor Yoo is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and has been a visiting professor at Chapman Law School, the University of Chicago, and the Free University of Amsterdam, and he held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Trento. 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.

He is the author of The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs after 9/11 (University of Chicago Press, 2005); War by Other Means: An Insider's Account of the War on Terror (Grove/Atlantic 2006); and Crisis and Command: The History of Executive Power From George Washington to George W. Bush (Kaplan 2010); and co-author of Taming Globalization: International Law, the U.S. Constitution, and the New World Order (Oxford 2012). He has also co-edited Confronting Terror: 9/11 and the Future of American National Security (Encounter 2011).

  • A.B., Harvard University (1989)
  • J.D., Yale University (1992)

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Publications and Multimedia
Are We @Cyberwar, and If So, How Should We Fight It? - Event Audio/Video
2015 National Security Symposium
May 22, 2015
Immigration: The Limits of Executive Authority - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
December 04, 2014
Who Defines International Law? - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2014
Point of Attack: Preventative War, International Law, and Global Welfare - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
May 23, 2014
Syria and the President’s Authority to Intervene - Podcast
International & National Security Law and Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Groups Podcast
August 29, 2013
The Use of Lethal Force on U.S. Citizens - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
March 13, 2013
Meet the New Boss: Continuity in Presidential War Powers - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 10, 2011
Resolved: That the President's War Powers are (Nearly) Absolute - Event Audio/Video
The Chicago Lawyers Chapter's 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Program
September 15, 2011
America as Hegemon and International Law - Event Audio/Video
2010 National Lawyers Convention
November 19, 2010
International Law & the Separation of Powers - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2008
The Independence of Federal Prosecutors - Event Audio/Video
2007 National Lawyers Convention
November 15, 2007
Balancing Individual Rights and National Security - Event Audio
Boston Lawyers Chapter
October 09, 2007
Medellin v. Texas: Presidential Power and International Tribunals - Event Audio/Video
Co-Sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute
September 27, 2007
International Law - Coercing Virtue: The Worldwide Rule of Judges - Event Video
A Conference Discussing the Contributions of Judge Robert H. Bork
June 26, 2007
Are We Overlawyering International Affairs?
Engage Volume 8, Issue 2
May 03, 2007
Executive Power in Wartime
Engage Volume 8, Issue 2
May 03, 2007
Is the Military Commissions Act Constitutional? - Event Audio
San Francisco Lawyers Chapter
April 05, 2007
The Development of Originalism - Event Audio
The Legacy of the Department of Justice Under Attorney General Edwin Meese, III
January 27, 2007
Are We Over-Lawyering International Affairs? - Event Audio
2006 National Lawyers Convention
November 18, 2006
Executive Power in Wartime - Event Audio
2006 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2006
The Conservative Case against the Federal Marriage Amendment
Engage, Volume 5, Issue 2
October 01, 2004
Separation of Powers and Foreign Policy
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 3, Issue 3, Winter 2000
March 01, 2000
The Chemical Weapons Treaty is Unconstitutional
Corporations, Securities & Antitrust Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 3, Fall 1997
December 01, 1997
The Chemical Weapons Treaty is Unconstitutional
International & National Security Law Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 2, Spring 1997
July 01, 1997