ALI Council
Life Member

Professor Harold Hongju Koh

New Haven, CT
Yale Law School
Harvard Law School

Harold Hongju Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. He returned to Yale Law School in January 2013 after serving for nearly four years as the 22nd Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State.

Professor Koh was elected to the ALI in May 1992 and was elected to the Council in May 2013. He is a Counselor of the Restatement Fourth, Foreign Relations Law of the United States, and previously served as an Adviser on the Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure project.

Professor Koh first began teaching at Yale Law School in 1985 and served as its fifteenth Dean from 2004 until 2009. From 2009 to 2013, he took leave as the Martin R. Flug ’55 Professor of International Law to join the State Department as Legal Adviser, service for which he received the Secretary of State 's Distinguished Service Award. From 1993 to 2009, he was the Gerard C. & Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, and from 1998 to 2001, he served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

EDUCATION: Harvard College, A.B.; Oxford University, B.A.; Harvard Law School, J.D.; Oxford University, M.A

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Areas of Expertise
International Law
International Organizations (International Law)
Human Rights (Constitutional Law)
International Transactions (International Law)
Treaties (International Law)
Civil Practice & Procedure (Litigation)
WTO - World Trade Organization (International Law)
National Security (Government Law)
North American Free Trade Agreement-NAFTA (International Law)