Harold Hongju Koh


Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law and former Dean at Yale Law School, served as U.S. State Department Legal Adviser and Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. He currently advises Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on international law matters. This post reflects his views and not necessarily those of any institution with which he is now or has been affiliated.

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Anthony P. Lester

When lawyers tell of the making of European law, they usually speak of statespersons like Jean Monnet, cases like van Gend & Loos and judges like Koen Lenaerts. But in that pantheon belongs one of the legal architects of the now-vibrant fields of European Union and Human Rights Law,…

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Oxford Statement on the International Law Protections Against Cyber Operations Targeting the Health Care Sector

Many have recently written about the application of international law in cyberspace and to the global COVID-19 pandemic, but relatively few have examined the intersection between these two areas. Notwithstanding that oversight, recent weeks have seen cyberattacks on organizations at the frontline of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including malicious cyber operations against the World Health…

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Ending the Forever War: One Year After President Obama’s NDU Speech

Originally published on JustSecurity.org on May 23, 2014. May 23, 2014 marked the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s important speech at the National Defense University (NDU) setting forth his proposed framework for post-9/11 counterterrorism strategy.  The President’s historic move in that speech was to call for the eventual repeal of the…

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