In the Press

“Law School Profs Whiff at Student Protest: Harold Koh and the Immunization of War Crimes,” Democratic Individuality, May 7, 2015.
by Alan Gilbert

“Nonwhite students at NYU Law School, led by Amanda Bass and Aman Deep, protested the hiring of Harold Koh, a famous human rights lawyer who worked for the Obama administration, to teach human rights.  Their petition below, signed by some 40 NYU law students (350 total signers), a high number given intimidation, makes a straightforward, technical case that the use of drones which randomly murder civilians (mostly in countries the US has not declared war against) is a crime.” Read More…

“The Legality of Drone Warfare or Illegality of Drone Assassination? Let a Real Debate Begin!,” Huffington Post, May 5, 2015.
by Coleen Rowley.

“Law professor Harold Koh, a former Yale Law School Dean and former Legal Adviser to Hillary Clinton’s State Department, hired by NYU to teach human rights and international law, recently found himself in the crosshairs when NYU law students posted a “statement of no confidence” in him based on the prior actions he undertook to justify, enable and expand the use of Obama’s “extrajudicial killing program.”” Read More…

“Students Speak Out Against Harold Koh,” Washington Square News, April 30, 2015.
by Alex Bazeley.

“NYU Law students continued their protests against scholar in residence Harold Koh on Wednesday morning, staging a demonstration on the corner of Washington Square South and Sullivan Street  outside of the NYU School of Law.

Koh is currently teaching international human rights at NYU Law.  [In] March, a group of NYU Law students released a statement criticizing Koh’s role in providing some of the legal rationale for President Barack Obama’s targeted drone strike program while acting as Legal Adviser of the State Department from 2009 to 2013. Koh has been a vocal supporter of the drone program, drawing scrutiny from those working in human rights.” Read More…

“Writers Withdraw From PEN Gala to Protest Award to Charlie Hebdo,” The Intercept, April 27, 2015.
by Glenn Greenwald.

“As I was close to finishing my own story, The New York Times published a long article last night about the rather intense and fascinating controversy that has erupted inside PEN America, the group long devoted to defending writers’ freedom of expression from attacks by governments. In essence, numerous prominent writers who were to serve as “table heads,” or who are longtime PEN members, have withdrawn from the group’s annual awards gala and otherwise expressed anger over PEN’s decision to bestow its annual Freedom of Expression Courage Award to Charlie Hebdo.” Read More…

“Fallout Reaches the Ivory Tower,” The Economist, April 22, 2015.
by K.K.

“ON HOT battlefields and in coolly targeted killings, America has regularly used armed drones in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya and elsewhere for a decade and a half. In discussing drone strikes, it is easy to fall into abstraction. Take a speech by Harold Koh to the Oxford Union in 2013, after he’d left his position as the State Department’s top lawyer: “Because drone technology is highly precise, if properly controlled, it could be more lawful and more consistent with human rights and humanitarian law than the alternatives.” Read More…

“Harold Koh and the Battle of the Dueling Petitions,” Just Security, April 20, 2015.
By Philip Alston.

“Last month NYU students and others sent a petition to the Dean of Law and the President of NYU calling Harold Koh’s “presence at NYU Law and, in particular, as a professor of International Human Rights Law, … unacceptable,” because of his public defense of targeted killings carried out by drones, and his role in justifying the killing of Anwar al-Aulaqi. Now, Harold’s close former colleagues at the State Department, Sarah Cleveland and Mike Posner, have circulated a counter petition which strongly defends Harold’s record both historically and while at State, and concluding that it is “patently wrong and unfair to suggest that Professor Koh acted unethically by his recent government service.” Read More…

“Harold Koh in the cross hairs,” Politico, April 19, 2015.
by Nahal Toosi.

“Harold Koh, the former dean of Yale Law School, once railed against the Bush administration’s treatment of terrorism suspects, including deriding legal rationales laid out by a former student, John Yoo. After Yoo left the Bush team to return to teach at the University of California-Berkeley’s law school, he found himself a pariah, with many students unsuccessfully urging the school to drop him for policies they said justified torture.” Read More…

“In Defense of Harold Koh,” Ricochet, April 17, 2015.
By John Yoo.

“I’ve been asked several times, including by the press, to comment on the controversy surrounding Harold Koh. Koh is a former State Department legal adviser — and occasional critic of mine — who’s now teaching international human rights law at NYU. That’s outraged some NYU students, who object to his appointment because of his role in the Obama Administration’s drone strike program, and are now circulating anti-Koh petitions. I can summarize my thoughts in short order:” Read More…

“Prof. Harold Koh Pads Resume With Innocent Lives,” Another Word For It, April 17, 2015.
By Patrick Durusau

“For reasons best known to themselves, Sarah Cleveland and Michael Posner, have posted Open Letter In Support of Harold Hongju Koh.

In the briefest of terms, Prof. Koh added to his resume a stint as Legal Adviser to the U.S. Department of State in the Obama Administration and is now seeking to teach international human rights law at NYU. His invitation to that position is being opposed.

The letter of support is deeply misguided.” Read More…

“Drone War Ignites Student Insurrection at NYU Law,” Know Drones, April 2015.
By Nick Mottern.

“When Amanda Bass heard in February that Harold Koh would be teaching human rights law at New York University Law School, she said: “That’s messed up.” Bass is a third year law student at NYU Law.  Koh was from 2009 to 2013 the State Department’s Legal Advisor and a chief justifier of drone killing. Bass immediately alerted her fellow students to Koh’s hiring and began to organize objection.” Read More…

“NYU Blackballs Student Protestors for Handing Out Flyers,” The Daily Beast, April 17, 2015.
By Kate Briquelet.

“Two New York University students say officials called security to intimidate them as they were quietly distributing flyers—then demanded one of them withdraw a formal complaint he made about the incident, The Daily Beast has learned. It’s just the latest free-speech crackdown at NYU, which has come under fire in recent months for suppression across its campuses.” Read More…

“Former Obama Drone Executive Now Teaches Human Rights Law at NYU,” TruthOut, April 16, 2015.
By Ben Norton.

“Harold Koh, as the Legal Adviser of the US Department of State, was the leading legal defender of Obama’s drone program. He helped the Obama administration extrajudicially kill people – including US citizens and civilians – with flying machines that are invisible to the naked eye.” Read More…

“The Breakup of al-Qaeda and U.S. Policy Implications,” Epoch Times, April 9, 2015.
By Mark Pomerleau

“There has been very limited reporting in the past week revealing that al-Qaeda’s global leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri is thinking of disbanding the terrorist organization Osama bin Laden founded over two decades ago.  Given al-Qaeda’s (and especially Zawahiri’s) waning global influence in the face of the Islamic State group, Zawahiri is purportedly thinking of “relinquish[ing] his authority – or what’s left of it – over [al-Qaeda] branches globally and absolving them of their allegiance to him,” citing the Islamic State group’s expansion into Yemen and elsewhere.” Read More…

“Chaos Ensues After Legal Architect of Obama’s Drone Program Appointed To Teach Human Rights At NYU Law, NYU Local, April 8, 2015.
By Jimmy Chin.

NYU Law students have accused the law school faculty of intimidation and suppression of their political views in response to their support of a no confidence statement against Professor Harold Koh. Read More…

“Controversy Swirls Around NYU Law Professor Involved in Obama’s Drone Program,” Newsweek, April 7, 2015.
By Zoë Schlanger.

“Harold Koh, the former legal adviser to the U.S. Department of State, is getting a chilly reception from some law students and alumni of New York University Law School, where he is currently a visiting scholar.

While working for the Obama administration, Koh was the most public legal defender of the president’s drone strike program. Last month, a petition was circulated at NYU Law—one of the top law schools in the country—that called Koh’s teaching of international human rights law for the 2014-1015 academic year ‘unacceptable.'” Read More…

“Students Protest Law School Response,” Washington Square News, 7 April 2015.
By Mark Sologuren.

“The Coalition on Law & Representation at NYU has recently revealed that students who have expressed support for the Statement of No Confidence in former legal adviser of the State Department  Harold Hongju Koh may have been subject to intimidation by faculty, both within and outside NYU.” Read More…

Interview for Talk Nation Radio: NYU Students on Hiring a War Criminal to Teach Humanitarian Law. David Swanson, writer, activist, and radio host, interview Amanda Bass and Aman Singh.