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Dean Koh Elected to American Philosophical Society

Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh has been elected a member of the American Philosophical Society (APS), the oldest learned society in the United States devoted to scholarly and scientific research. 

Dean Koh is the Gerard C. and Bernice Latrobe Smith Professor of International Law at Yale Law School, where he has taught since 1985 and served as Dean since 2004. He formerly served as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor and as Attorney-Adviser at the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin, the American Philosophical Society promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities through excellence in scholarly research, professional meetings, publications, library resources, and community outreach. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Darwin, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and Robert Frost count among the Society’s members, who are categorized into five disciplines: mathematical and physical sciences; biological sciences; social sciences; humanities; and the arts, professions, and leaders in public & private affairs. Dean Koh was elected to the latter division.

Other Yale Law School faculty who are members of APS are The Honorable Guido Calabresi, judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law and Professorial Lecturer in Law, who was elected in 1997; and Judith Resnik, Arthur Liman Professor of Law, who was elected in 2002.