WWS Calendar

Bringing International Human Rights Back Home? Lawyers for Two Presidential Administrations Examine U.S. Compliance with Human Rights Treaties

Audience: 
Open to the Public
Speaker(s): 
John B. Bellinger III '82, former legal advisor, Department of State and National Security Council, George W. Bush Administration: Harold Hongju Koh, former legal advisor, State Department, Obama administration
Sponsor: 

Program in Law and Public Affairs, and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs

On Monday, Oct. 20, two top lawyers of presidential administrations will explore issues related to United States’ compliance with the international human rights treaties and particularly the United Nations criticism of the U.S. adherence to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The public event will be held at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, and feature John B. Bellinger III '82, former legal adviser to Department of State and National Security Council in the George W. Bush Administration; and Harold Hongju Koh, former legal adviser at the State Department during the Obama Administration. Bellinger is a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C., where he advises sovereign governments and companies on a variety of international law and U.S. national security law issues. He also is an adjunct senior fellow for international and national security law at the Council on Foreign Relations. His government service at the National Security Council and State Department lasted from 2005 to 2009. He previously served as counsel in the Criminal Division of the Justice Department during the Clinton administration, as special counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and as special assistant to director of Central Intelligence William H. Webster. Harold Hongju Koh is the Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, where he previously served as dean. He took leave in 2009 to serve in the Obama administration for nearly four years. During his government service, Koh received the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award. Koh began his Yale teaching career in 1985. From 2004 to 2009, he served as dean of the law school. This event is co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School and the School’s Program in Law and Public Affairs.