Carroll hosting debate: 'What are the War Powers of the U.S. President?'

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A Debate with John Yoo, UC-Berkeley and Dr. Alberto Coll, DePaul University
– December 2, 2017, 7 p.m., Myrna Loy Center –

Sponsored by the Constitutional Studies Center at Carroll College and made possible by a generous gift from the Apgar Foundation and other donors, Alberto Coll of DePaul University and John Yoo of the University of California-Berkeley will debate the following question: "What are the War Powers of the U.S. President?" This debate, which Professors Coll and Yoo have undertaken at many institutions across the country, has been featured in the New York Times and will bring a timely and important debate to the Helena community.

Dr. Coll is professor of law and director of the European and Latin American Legal Studies Program at DePaul University College of Law. From 1990 to 1993, Professor Coll was principal deputy assistant secretary of defense, serving in the Pentagon office that oversaw the Defense Department’s policy, strategy and $3 billion budget for special operations forces and “low-intensity” conflict, including counterterrorism. Professor Coll is the author of The Wisdom of Statecraft and editor of several other books on international relations and law. At DePaul, he teaches courses on international law, international human rights, U.S. foreign relations, terrorism, international trade and Latin America.

Professor Yoo is the Emanuel S. Heller Professor of Law and co-director of the Korea Law Center at the University of California Berkeley Law. Professor Yoo has clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit. He served as general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995-96. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on issues involving foreign affairs, national security and the separation of powers. He is the author most recently of Point of Attack: Preventive War, International Law, and Global Welfare (Oxford University Press, 2014).

This event is part of a yearlong program entitled "Executive Authority and Constitutional Government," sponsored by the Constitutional Studies Center at Carroll College. The program is made possible by the generous support of the Apgar Foundation and donors. For further information about the Constitutional Studies program or to learn how to support the study of constitutional government at Carroll College, contact Dr. William Parsons, Director of the Constitutional Studies Center at wparsons@carroll.edu, or visit the website.

This event is free and open to the public however, tickets are required to reserve admission. For general admission, tickets may be secured at the Myrna Loy Box Office (by phone or in person: not available on the internet). A short reception will follow the event.


Dr. William Parsons
Political Science
Carroll College