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Yale Law Dean and Diplomat Harold Koh to Discuss the Supreme Court's Role in Globalism

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Harold Koh, dean of the Yale Law School and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights will discuss "Globalism and the New U.S. Supreme Court" on Tuesday, November 22, at 5:30 p.m. in Rockefeller Hall room 200. His lecture is free and open to the public.

A scholar of civil liberties and international human rights issues, Koh's latest research explores the intersection of globalization and democracy, and he has a special interest in post-9/11 American policy in the war on terrorism. His forthcoming book will examine Why Nations Obey: A Theory of Compliance with International Law. and in 1999, he co-authored Deliberative Democracy and Human Rights (Yale University Press, 1999). Koh has also edited the Justice Harry A. Blackmun Supreme Court Oral History Project (2004), and authored numerous scholarly articles.

In 2004, Koh also began as dean of the Yale Law School, where he had been the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law since 1993, and directed the Orville H. Schell Jr., Center for International Human Rights. He has taught as well at Oxford University, the Hague Academy of International Law, and the University of Toronto.

In his three years as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (1998-2001), Koh represented the U.S. at the Organization of American States, the United Nations (including the UN Commission on Human Rights and the UN Committee Against Torture), the Council of Europe, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, for which he was a commissioner.

Koh clerked for Judge Malcolm Richard Wilkey of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, as well as Justice Harry S. Blackmun of the United States Supreme Court, after graduating cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1980. He holds further degrees from both Harvard and Oxford universities, and has been awarded eight honorary degrees.

Harold Kohs's talk at Vassar is co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty, the department of political science, the Program in American Culture, as well as the College Democrats, Amnesty International, PEACE, and the Vassar Student Association.

For more information, please contact Daniel Ross. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Campus Activities, at (845) 437-5370.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential, liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, November 16, 2005