Jerome A. Cohen

Prof. Jerome A. Cohen

Faculty Director Emeritus, New York University School of Law

Jerome A. Cohen, a professor at NYU School of Law since 1990 and U.S.-Asia Law Institute Faculty Director Emeritus, is a leading American expert on Chinese law and government. A pioneer in the field, Prof. Cohen began studying and teaching about China’s legal system in the early 1960s and from 1964 to 1979 introduced the teaching of Asian law into the curriculum of Harvard Law School, where he served as Jeremiah Smith Professor, Associate Dean and Director of East Asian Legal Studies. Prof. Cohen served for several years as C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director of Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, where he currently is an Adjunct Senior Fellow.  In addition, he has published hundreds of scholarly articles on various topics as well as a book, China Today, co-authored with his wife, Joan Lebold Cohen, and a regular series of journalistic opinion pieces for various newspapers. Today, Prof. Cohen continues his research and writing on Asian law, specifically focusing on legal institutions, criminal justice reform, dispute resolution, human rights and the role of international law relating to China and Taiwan. 

Jerry has his and his wife's name in the chair professor of Harvard Law School in 2018 and received a honorary doctor degree from Yale University in 2020.