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Jerome Cohen

Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations and Professor, New York University (United States)

Residency: March 1–31, 2008

Public Talk: "Is there Law in China? Is there Justice?"

Residency Summary

Jerome Cohen presented a public lecture panel titled "Is there Law in China? Is there Justice?" In addition, he presented a lecture that looked at China over the next five years, including expectations from the national people's congress. He also served as a guest lecturer in classes and met with several student groups.


Jerome Cohen has been an adjunct senior fellow for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations since 1995. He currently teaches Chinese criminal justice and Chinese business law at the New York University School of Law. He formerly served as Jeremiah J. Smith professor, director of East Asian legal studies and associate dean at Harvard Law School. Other positions he has held include faculty member at the UC Berkeley School of Law; Assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia; consultant to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; adviser to the government of Sichuan Province; chair of the American Arbitration Association’s China Conciliation Committee and to the New York/Beijing Friendship Committee; a trustee of the China Institute in America, the Asia Society and the Carnegie Endowments for International Peace; and member of the board of editors for China Quarterly and the American Journal of International Law. He continues to serve on the advisory board of Human Rights Watch-Asia. He has published numerous works, including “The Criminal Process in the People’s Republic of China, 1949–63,” “People’s China and International Law,” “Contract Laws of the People’s Republic of China” and “Investment Law and Practice in Vietnam.”