Professors and government officials: Samantha Power and Harold Koh

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Ambassador Samantha Power ’99 and Yale Law School Professor Harold Koh ’80 discussed what it means to be professors and former government officials. As part of Harvard Law School’s bicentennial celebration on Oct 27, they discussed their positions and the related challenges that arise in their roles. Their talk was moderated by former HLS Dean Martha Minow.

A professor of practice at HLS and a professor at Harvard Kennedy School, Power is a former U.S. permanent member of the United Nations and a former member of President Barack Obama’s cabinet, where she served as special assistant to the president and senior director of multilateral affairs and Human Rights on the National Security Staff at the White House. She is the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of “A Problem from Hell.”

A professor of international law at Yale, Koh served for four years as the 22nd legal adviser to the State Department. He has written or co-written eight books and more than 180 articles.