John Yoo is a Professor of Law at University of California-Berkley, Visiting Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the George W. Bush Administration. He received his B.A., summa cum laude, in American history from Harvard University.
Between college and law school, he worked as a newspaper reporter in Washington, D.C. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal. He then clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit, then clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court.
He served as general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995-96. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on issues involving foreign affairs, national security and the separation of powers.
Yoo has published articles about foreign affairs, international law and constitutional law in a number of the nation's leading law journals. He is the author of The Powers of War and Peace: The Constitution and Foreign Affairs after 9/11 (University of Chicago Press, 2005), and War by Other Means: An Insider's Account of the War on Terror (Grove/Atlantic 2006).
Professor Julian Ku teaches international and constitutional law. His main research interest is the intersection of international and domestic law. He has published articles on the constitutional aspects of foreign relations in journals such as the Yale Law Journal, the Supreme Court Review and Constitutional Commentary.
He is co-author, with Professor Yoo, of the newly published Taming Globalization: Preserving American Sovereignty in the Age of International Law. He also is a co-founder of the international law weblog Opinio Juris.
Before joining the Hofstra faculty in 2002, Professor Ku served as a law clerk to Judge Jerry Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and as an Olin Fellow and Lecturer in Law at the University of Virginia Law School. Professor Ku also practiced as an associate at the New York City law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton, specializing in litigation and arbitration arising out of international disputes.