Yoo, John Choon PDF Print E-mail

yoo-mugName: John Choon Yoo


Born: 1967, in Seoul, South Korea


Profession: Attorney, law professor


GW Bush Administration Position:

  • Deputy assistant attorney general assigned to the powerful Office of Legal Counsel

War crime charge(s):

  • Complicity in the commission of a war crime – torture, ill-treatment of detainees.
  • Drafted legal memos saying President Bush could waive the Geneva Conventions regarding the invasion of Afghanistan by labeling it a failed state and that prisoners seized during that operation would not be covered by the Geneva Convention protections.
  • Issued other legal memos arguing that the commander in chief was justified in ordering torture during wartime.

Primary Association:

  • Professor of Law, University of California at Berkeley School of Law at Boalt Hall
  • Fletcher Jones Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law
    Chapman University School of Law
    One University Drive
    Orange, CA 92866
    Ph: 714-997-6815
Secondary Associations:
  • Visiting scholar, American Enterprise Institute, 1150 Seventeenth St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
  • Member, Federalist Society, 1015 Eighteenth St. NW, Suite 425, Washington, DC 20036

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“Congress doesn’t have the power to tie the President’s hands in regard to torture as an interrogation technique....It’s the core of the Commander-in-Chief function. They can’t prevent the President from ordering torture.”


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