Kyu Ho Youm

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  • Title: Professor, Jonathan Marshall First Amendment Chair
  • Phone: 541-346-2178
  • Office: 205 Allen Hall
  • City: Eugene
  • Affiliated Departments: Asian Studies

Biography

Kyu Ho 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 U.S. and foreign courts, including the House of Lords in Great Britain, the High Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of the Philippines. His media law research has been used by U.S. and international lawyers in representing their clients in press freedom litigation. Additionally, he has been quoted by a number of international and American news media, including the New York Times, on freedom of expression issues in the U.S. and abroad.

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, Advertising, and Entertainment Law Throughout the World. A native of South Korea, he has authored several books on Korean and U.S. media law.

Since 2008, Youm has been the Communication Law and Media Policy editor of the 12-volume International Encyclopedia of Communication.  He currently 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, and his tweeting has been noted in Forbes.com’s “Eight Great Law & Technology Resources.”

Youm was honored as the recipient of the Guido H. Stempel III Award for Journalism and Mass Communication at the Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, as the Wee Kim Wee Visiting Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information in Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and as the distinguished global speaker of Yonsei University’s BK21Plus program in Seoul, South Korea.

Education

  • MSt, Oxford University, 2011
  • MSL, Yale Law School, 1998
  • PhD, Southern Illinois University, 1985
  • MA, Southern Illinois University, 1982

Publications

"The Global Influence of the United States on Freedom of Information," in TROUBLING TRANSPARENCY: THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF FREEDOM OF INFORAMTION, ed. David E. Pozen & Michael Schudson (2108) 249-68 (with Toby Mendel).

MEDIA LAW AND ETHICS, 5th ed. (2018) (with Roy Moore et al.).

KOREAN COMMUNICATION, MEDIA, AND CULTURE: AN ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY (2018) (co-edited with Nojin Kwak).

"Defamation," in COMMUNICATION AND THE LAW, ed. W. Wat Hopkins (2019).

After the Oregon occupation, one of the people arrested argues he was there as a journalist (The Washington Post)

Youm’s work reshaped free speech laws worldwide (Around the O)

Research

US Mass Communication Law.

International and Comparative Media Law.

Internet Law.

Digital Freedom.

Public Relations and Advertising Law.

Freedom of Information (FOI).