In May 2013 Professor Harold Koh spoke on ‘International Law as Smart Power’ in conjunction with the School of Law and Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen’s University Belfast.
Professor Koh is one of the leading experts in public and private international law, national security law, and human rights. He began teaching at Yale Law School in 1985 and served as Dean from 2004 until 2009, when he took leave as the Martin R. Flug ’55 Professor of International Law to join the U.S. State Department as Legal Adviser. 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. He has authored or co-authored eight books, published more than 170 articles, testified before Congress, and litigated numerous cases involving international law issues. He is a Fellow of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 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.
His lecture PowerPoint is available here.