Name: John Choon Yoo
Born: 1967, in Seoul, South Korea
Profession: Attorney, law professor
GW Bush Administration Position:
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.
- 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
- Visiting scholar, American Enterprise Institute, 1150 Seventeenth St. NW, Washington, DC 20036
- Member, Federalist Society, 1015 Eighteenth St. NW, Suite 425, Washington, DC 20036
“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.”