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Harold Hongju Koh

Harold Hongju Koh, American Law educator. Bar: New York 1981, District of Columbia 1981, United States District Court District of Columbia 1981, United States Court Appeals(District of Columbia circuit) 1981, United States Court Claims 1982, Connecticut 1985, Supreme Court of the United States Ct.1985, United States District Court Connecticut 1987. Marshall scholar University of Oxford, 1977. Member American Society International Law.


Koh, Harold Hongju was born on December 8, 1954 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Son of Kwang Lim and Hesung (Chun) Koh.


Bachelor cum laude, Harvard University, 1975. Juris Doctor, Harvard University, 1980. Bachelor, Magdalen College, Oxford University, 1977.

Master of Arts (honorary), Yale University, 1990. LLH (honorary), CUNY-Queens Law School, 1998. LLH (honorary), Suffolk Law School, 1999.

LLH (honorary), University Connecticut, 2000. LLH (honorary), Connecticut College, 2001. LLH (honorary), Skidmore College, 2002.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Albertus Magnus College, 1999. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Dickinson College, 2000.


Law clerk to Honorary Malcolm Richard Wilkey United States Court Appeals (District of Columbia Circuit), Washington, 1980-1981. Law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun United States Supreme Court, 1981-1982. Associate Covington & Burling LLP, 1982-1983.

Attorney-advisor Office Legal Counsel United States Department Justice, 1983-1985. Associate professor law Yale Law School, New Haven, 1985-1990, professor, 1990-1993, director Orville H. Schell Junior, Center International Human Rights, 1993—1998, Gerald C. & Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor international law, 1993—2009, dean, 2004—2009. Legal advisor United States Department State, Washington, since 2009.

Adjunct assistan professorial lecturer law George Washington University National Law Center, 1982—1985. Visiting professor international law University Toronto, 1990, 2002. Visiting professor Hague Academy International Law, 1993.

Visiting fellow All Souls College, Oxford University, 1996—1997. Waynflete Lecturer Magdalen College, Oxford University, 1996—1997. Assistant secretary state for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor United States Department State.

Commissioner Commission for Security and Cooperation in Europe. United States delegate United Nations General Assembly (Third Committee), United Nations Human Rights Commission, Organization American States, Council Europe, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, United Nations Committee Against Torture, 1998—2001, Inaugural Community of Democracies Meeting, Warsaw, 2000, United Nations Conference on New and Restored Democracies, Cotonou, Benin, 2000.


Board directors Human Rights Watch, Arms Control Association. Fellow: American Academy Arts and Scis. Member: American Society International Law., American Law Institute, Twentieth Century Fund.


Married Mary-Christy Fisher, February 19, 1984. Children: Emily J.Y., William Heriot-Watt University.