STORRS, CT — Harold Hongju Koh, dean of the Yale Law School, a leading expert on international law and a prominent advocate of human and civil rights, will deliver the 13th Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Lecture in Human Rights at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 in Konover Auditorium.
The title of his talk will be “Repairing our Human Rights Reputation.”
Koh, who is also Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law, began teaching at Yale Law School in 1985, and has served since 2004 as dean.
From 1998 to 2001, he served as assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor.
Previously, he practiced law at Covington and Burling and at the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice.
Koh has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and testified before the U.S. Congress more than 20 times. He has been awarded 10 honorary doctorates and two law school medals, and has received many awards.
Koh is the author of eight books, including Transnational Legal Problems (with H. Steiner and D. Vagts), and The National Security Constitution, which won the American Political Science Association’s award as the best book on the American presidency.
He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford; a former Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford; a member of the Council of the American Law Institute; and a member of the American Philosophical Society.
He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Century Foundation.
He sits on the boards of overseers of Harvard University and on the boards of directors of the Brookings Institution, Human Rights First, the American Arbitration Association, and the National Democratic Institute.
He has been named one of America’s “45 Leading Public Sector Lawyers under the Age of 45” by American Lawyer magazine, and one of the “100 Most Influential Asian-Americans of the 1990s” by A magazine.
A Korean-American native of Boston, Koh holds a bachelor of arts degree from Harvard College and bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School.