Sets of rules, norms, and standards that make up international law provide a broad framework for actions of countries around the world. It also has a profound effect on our daily lives, governing, for example, how we travel or how we send or receive money from abroad. On this podcast, we discuss how international law is enforced, how it affects American foreign policy decisions, and whether it can be used as a tool to address transnational issues like climate change. Joining us today to discuss international law and its role in global governance is Professor Harold Hongju Koh
Harold Hongju Koh is Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School. He first began teaching at Yale Law School in 1985 and served as its fifteenth Dean from 2004 until 2009. From 1998 to 2001, he served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. He served from 2009 to 2013 as the 22nd Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, a service for which he received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award.
Professor Koh has received seventeen honorary degrees and more than thirty awards for his human rights work. He has authored or co-authored eight books, published more than 200 articles, testified regularly before Congress, and litigated numerous international law cases in both U.S. and international tribunals.
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