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Dean Harold Hongju Koh

Mr. Harold Hongju Koh
Dean and Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law
Yale Law School

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International Law
Legal Theory
From International to Transnational Law
In the 21st century, traditional distinctions between private and public, domestic and international law are breaking down. In this lecture, Dean Koh examines the move from international to transnational law, the significance of that move, and the focus on transnational law of an emerging "New New Haven School of International Law".

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International Law
Legal Theory
From International to Transnational Law
A. Legal Instruments
International

Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 31.

Geneva Convention for the Amelioration of the Condition of the Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 85.

Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 135.

Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, Geneva, 12 August 1949, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 287.

Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, Geneva, 28 July 1951, United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 189, p. 137.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 999, p. 171.

Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the protection of victims of international armed conflicts (Protocol I), Geneva, 7 December 1978, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1125, p. 3.

Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the protection of victims of non-international armed conflicts (Protocol II), Geneva, 7 December 1978, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1125, p. 609.

United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, Vienna, 11 April 1980, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1489, p. 3.

United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, Montego Bay, 10 December 1982, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1833, p.3.

Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the adoption of an additional distinctive emblem (Protocol III), Geneva, 8 December 2005, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2404, p. 277.

National

The Constitution of the United States, Philadelphia, 14 May 1787.

Alien Tort Statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1350, 1789.

The United States Bill of Rights, 1791.

Uniform Code of Military Justice, 10 U.S.C. § 45, 1950.

United States Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 (McCain Amendment), Pub. L. No. 109-148 § 1001, 119 Stat. 2739, 2005.
B. Jurisprudence
United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Filártiga v. Peña-Irala, 630 F.2d 876 (1980), 30 June 1980.

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Kadic v. Karadzic, 70 F.3d 232 (1995), 13 October 1995.

Supreme Court of the United States, Sosa v. Alvarez-Machain, 542 U.S. 692 (2004), 29 June 2004.

Supreme Court of the United States, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, 548 U.S. 557 (2006), 29 June 2006.
C. Documents
The United States Uniform Commercial Code.

The American Law Institute, Third Restatement of the Foreign Relations Law of the United States, Philadelphia, 1987 (Draft Approved by the Members, Subject to Editorial Prerogative, at the 1986 General Meeting).

International Chamber of Commerce, Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits, Sixth Revision, Paris, 2007.

Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, International Regulatory Framework for Banks, Third Basel Accord, Basel, 2011.
D. Doctrine
W. Blackstone, Commentaries on the Law of England, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1765-1769.

J. Bentham, Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1879.

P. Jessup, Transnational Law (Storrs Lectures on Jurisprudence), Yale University Press, New Haven, 1956.

H. H. Koh, “Why Do Nations Obey International Law?”, The Yale Law Journal, vol. 106, 1997, p. 2599.

H. H. Koh, “Why Transnational Law Matters”, Penn State International Law Review, vol. 24, 2006, p. 745.

H. H. Koh, “Is there a ‘New’ New Haven School of International Law?”, The Yale Journal of International Law, vol. 32, 2007, p. 559.

M. Reisman, “International Lawmaking: A Process of Communication”, American Society for International Law Proceedings, vol. 75, 1981, pp. 101-120.

T. Friedman, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century, New York, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2005.