Harold Hongju Koh

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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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Syria and the Law of Humanitarian Intervention (Part III – A Reply)

Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published on Just Security. My recent two-part essay on Syria, posted on this blog, made both a policy claim and a legal claim. My policy claim was that despite undeniable political miscues, President Obama’s recent threat of force catalyzed a long-stalemated diplomatic process for securing Syrian chemical weapons. The Russians…

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Syria and the Law of Humanitarian Intervention (Part II: International Law and the Way Forward)

Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published on Just Security. My first post for Just Security explained why, despite some bungled politics, President Obama’s proposed military action in Syria could have been lawful under U.S. domestic law.  This post discusses why President Obama did not violate international law by threatening to use force in Syria in…

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Syria and the Law of Humanitarian Intervention (Part I: Political Miscues and U.S. Law)

Harold Hongju Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School and was Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State from 2009 to 2013. Editor's Note: This piece was originally published on Just Security, a new blog with a fantastic team of editors and contributors who will be well…

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