John Yoo is a professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley. He is
the author of three books: Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power from George
Washington to George W. Bush (2010); War by Other Means (2006); and The Powers of War and
Peace (2005). 

Professor Yoo has published more than 75 scholarly articles on foreign affairs, national
security, and constitutional law. He has also contributed to the editorial pages of The
Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia
Inquirer and Chicago Tribune. 

Professor Yoo was a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel of
the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on national security and terrorism after
the September 11 attacks. He also served as general counsel of the Senate Judiciary
Committee and as a law clerk for Judge Laurence Silberman of the D.C. Circuit and Justice
Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Professor Yoo graduated from Yale Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Yale
Law Journal, and summa cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in American history.

Books

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Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power from George Washington to George W. Bush (2010)

However bitter, complex, and urgent today's controversies over executive power may be, Yoo reminds us...

 

War By Other Means: An Insider's Account of the War on Terrorism (2006)

John Yoo, the key legal architect of the Bush administration’s response to 9/11, delivers a...

 

The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs after 9/11 (2005)

Since the September 11 attacks on the United States, the Bush administration has come under...

 

Constitutional Law

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Rational Treaties: Article II, Congressional-Executive Agreements, and International Bargaining, Cornell Law Review (2011)

This paper examines the continuing difference between the Constitution’s Article II treaty, and the congressional-executive...

 

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George Washington and Executive Power, St. Thomas J. L. & Pub. Pol'y (2011)

This paper examines current debates over the scope of presidential power through the lens of...

 

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George Washington and the Executive Power, St Thomas J of L & Pub Policy (2010)

This paper examines current debates over the scope of presidential power through the lens of...

 

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Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power from George Washington to George W. Bush (2010)

However bitter, complex, and urgent today's controversies over executive power may be, Yoo reminds us...

 

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Administration of War, Duke L J (2009)

This essay asks whether the Constitution’s implicit grant of the removal power to the President...

 

International Law

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Rational Treaties: Article II, Congressional-Executive Agreements, and International Bargaining, Cornell Law Review (2011)

This paper examines the continuing difference between the Constitution’s Article II treaty, and the congressional-executive...

 

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Fixing Failed States, California L Rev (2011)

Failed states pose one of the deepest challenges to American national security and international peace...

 

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Kant, Habermas and Democratic Peace (with Robert J. Delahunty), Chicago J Int'l L (2010)

Philosophers of great stature rarely write about international law or international relations. When they do,...

 

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Great Power Security (with Robert J. Delahunty), Chicago J Int'l L (2009)

The change of administration in the US may have encouraged the belief that collective security...

 

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The 'Bush Doctrine': Can Preventive War Be Justified? (with Robert J. Delahunty), Harvard J L & Pub Policy (2009)

We continue to live in a dangerous world. We are exposed to the risk that...

 

National Security

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Rational Treaties: Article II, Congressional-Executive Agreements, and International Bargaining, Cornell Law Review (2011)

This paper examines the continuing difference between the Constitution’s Article II treaty, and the congressional-executive...

 

Confronting Terror: 9/11 and the Future of American National Security (2011)

After the September 11, 2001 attacks, the United States went to war. With thousands of...

 

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Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power from George Washington to George W. Bush (2010)

However bitter, complex, and urgent today's controversies over executive power may be, Yoo reminds us...

 

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Administration of War, Duke L J (2009)

This essay asks whether the Constitution’s implicit grant of the removal power to the President...

 

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Great Power Security (with Robert J. Delahunty), Chicago J Int'l L (2009)

The change of administration in the US may have encouraged the belief that collective security...

 

Popular Press

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Election Was No Sweeping Mandate, Philadelphia Inquirer (2008)
 

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Who Will be a Good President, Philadelphia Inquirer (2008)
 

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Supreme Court grabbed more power in recent term, Philadelphia Inquirer (2008)

The U.S. Supreme Court's 2007-08 term had something for everybody. Liberals came away with a...

 

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The Supreme Court Goes to War, Wall Street Journal (2008)

Last week's Supreme Court decision in Boumediene v. Bush has been painted as a stinging...

 

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The Democrats' Super Disaster, The Wall St. Journal (2008)

The Democratic Party's grant of primary voting rights to superdelegates, many of them members of...