Kyu Ho Youm

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Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair, Professor
205 Allen Hall
(541) 346-2178
Twitter: @MarshallYoum
Media Law


M. St., Oxford University, 2011
M.S.L., Yale Law School, 1998

Ph.D., Southern Illinois University, 1985

M.A., Southern Illinois University, 1982


Youm joined the School of Journalism and Communication in 2002 as the inaugural holder of the Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair. As a prolific communication law scholar, he has published a number of book chapters and research articles in a wide range of leading journalism and law journals. Youm’s law journal articles on freedom of expression have been cited by American and foreign courts, including the House of Lords in Great Britain, the High Court of Australia, and the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition, his media law research has been used by American and international lawyers in representing their clients in press freedom litigation. A member of the Communication Law Writers Group, Youm has been involved in writing Communication and the Law, a major media law textbook in the United States. He has also contributed to Media Law and Ethics and Media, Advertising, and Entertainment Law Throughout the World. A native of South Korea, he has authored a book on Korean press law. Since 2008, he has been the Communication Law and Media Policy editor of the 12-volume International Encyclopedia of Communication.  Currently, Youm serves on the editorial boards of a dozen leading law and communication journals in the United States, England, and Australia.  He is active on Twitter.  His tweeting has been noted in's "Eight Great Law & Technology Resources": “[T]his is Twitter at its best when it comes to research, and is a perfect and easy model to follow—or at least aspire": @ 


Youm’s primary research interests include U.S. communication law, press freedom theories, legal research and writing, international and comparative media law, and digital freedom. Most recently, he has analyzed the transnational dimensions of U.S. law in connection with internet communication in a global century. Youm’s First Amendment law research has appeared in Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Communication Law & Policy, International & Comparative Law Quarterly (London), George Washington Law Review, and the Stanford Journal of International Law, among others.