Harold Hongju Koh, legal adviser to the US Department of State, will address nearly 200 graduating law students during the May 28th commencement exercises. Koh has served as both a professor and dean of the Yale Law School and is a leading expert on public and private international law, national security law and human rights.

Koh also served in the Clinton administration as assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labor. He is the author of several books, including The National Security Constitution: Sharing Power after the Iran-Contra Affair (Yale University Press,1990); Transnational Legal Problems (with Harry Steiner and Detlev Vagts, Foundation Press, 1994); Deliberative Democracy and Human Rights (with Ronald C. Slye, Yale University Press, 1999); and Transnational Litigation in United States Courts (Foundation Press 2008). He has also written more than 175 law review articles and legal editorials. He has received numerous awards, medals, and honorary degrees.

“Harold Koh demonstrates an unwavering commitment to human rights and to Constitutional principles in everything that he does,” said Emily Spieler, dean of the School of Law. “As a leading expert in international, humanitarian and national security law, he is able to affect the outcome of the great legal debates of our day.”

Professor James Hackney will deliver the faculty address. Students Phil Hancock and Noah Kaufman will deliver the student addresses.

The School of Law commencement will take place in Northeastern’s Matthews Arena on Friday, May 28, at 1:00 p.m. A reception for graduates, family and friends will follow the ceremony.

Directions to Matthews Arena and information about parking.

Related Events for Members of the Class of 2010

Red Sox v. Angels, May 5, 2010
Tickets to this game have been sold out. However, you can still join us for a pre-game Cinco de Mayo dinner at the Dockser Commons! Dinner starts at 5:30!

Moonlight Boston Harbor Boat Cruise, May 24, 2010
All 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls Are Invited to Help Us Celebrate Commencement Week 2010 With A Moonlight Boston Harbor Boat Cruise! Please join us On Monday, May 24, 2010, on the Spirit of Boston. Boarding begins at 11pm at the World Trade Center. Sailing from 11:30pm - 1:30am. Tickets are $45 per person. Includes two Free Drinks, Moonlight Buffet, And DJ Entertainment On Our Own Private Deck. Please email sheenaburke@gmail if you would like to reserve tickets or are on coop! Tickets are on sale now in the Commons! Last day to buy tickets are Friday, April 16th!

A Legal Search: NUSL Scavenger Hunt, May 25, 1:00-4:00pm
Pick a team of four, and follow clues around Boston to race to the finish. We'll end at the Commons with a free picnic! We have $750 in prizes sponsored by Barbri, LexisNexis and Westlaw! The grand prize will be 4- $75 Barbri certificates (if you have already paid your Barbri tuition, this comes back to you as a refund!). This is free and open to all members of the class of 2010! Sign your team up next week (April 26-29) from 12:00-1:30 in the commons! (Please note that each team of four MUST have a digital camera to use)

Pub Crawl, May 26, 6:00pm
This is self-explanatory ... there will be free appetizers, and drink specials at each bar. Come join the fun. Everyone welcome!

Graduation Reception, May 27, 6:00-8:00pm
Bring your friends and family to this reception at the law school. Complimentary hors d'oerves and refreshments will be served. Take advantage of this opportunity to show your family where you've spent your last three years.