Associate Professor of Law
B.A., M.A., Yale University
J.D., New York University
International Human Rights
International Criminal Law
Foreign Affairs and the Constitution
International Law Colloquium
Specializing in international law, Harlan Grant Cohen joined the Georgia Law faculty in 2007.
Cohen came to Athens from the New York University School of Law, where he was a Furman Fellow and researched national security law, international law and legal history. His scholarship has appeared in the George Washington, Tulane, Iowa and New York University law reviews and the Yale, Berkeley, NYU and Michigan journals of international law, among other places.
Previously, he worked at the law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and served as a judicial clerk for Judge Wilfred Feinberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. Cohen also interned in the U.S. Attorney's Office and for U.S. District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, both in the Southern District of New York. Before entering law school, Cohen worked at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and at the journal Foreign Affairs.
In 2013, Cohen was elected to membership in the American Law Institute. Cohen is a member of the executive council of the American Society of International Law, and he served as co-chair of the society’s 106th Annual Meeting. He also serves on the executive committee of the International Legal Theory interest group and is co-chair of the society’s southeast regional interest group.
Cohen earned a dual degree in history and international studies from Yale University before earning his master's in history. In 2003, he graduated magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law, where he was a Florence Allen Scholar and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. Additionally, Cohen served as the articles editor of the New York University Law Review and received the Washington Foreign Law Society's Justice Robert H. Jackson Prize for best published student writing on a topic of international/foreign law.
"International Precedent and the Practice of International Law" in The Challenges of Global and Local Legal Pluralism: Mediating State and Non-State Actors (Cambridge Univ. Press, forthcoming 2014).
"Theorizing Precedent in International Law" in Interpretation in International Law (Andrea Bianchi, Daniel Peat & Matthew Windsor, eds., Oxford Univ. Press, forthcoming 2014).
Formalism and Distrust: Foreign Affairs Law in the Roberts Court, 83 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming 2014).
International Law in a Time of Scarcity: An Introduction, 41 Ga. J. Int'l & Comp. L. (forthcoming 2014).
Lawyers and Precedent, 46 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 1025 (2013).
International Law's Erie Moment, 34 Mich. J. Int'l L. 249 (2013) [download from SSRN].
An Introduction: Confronting Complexity, 106 Am. Soc. Int'l L. Proc. 1 (2012) with C. Giorgetti and C. Payne).
Finding International Law, Part II: Our Fragmenting Legal Community, 44 N.Y.U. J. Int'l L. & Pol. 1049 (2012) [download from SSRN].
From Fragmentation to Constitutionalization, 25 Pac. McGeorge Global Bus. & Dev. L.J. 381 (2012) [download from SSRN].
From International Law to International Conflicts of Law: The Fragmentation of Legitimacy, 104 Am. Soc. Int'l L. Proc. 49 (2010) [download from SSRN].
"Undead" Wartime Cases: Stare Decisis and the Lessons of History, 84 Tulane L. Rev. 957 (2010) [download from SSRN].
Can International Law Work? A Constructivist Expansion, 27 Berkeley J. Int'l L. 636 (2009) [download from SSRN].
Historical American Perspectives on International Law, 15 ILSA J. Int'l & Comp. L. 485 (2009) [download from SSRN].
International Decision: Munaf v. Geren, 102 Am. J. Int'l L. 854 (2008) [download from SSRN].
Finding International Law: Rethinking the Doctrine of Sources, 93 Iowa L. Rev. 65 (2007) [download from SSRN].
Supremacy and Diplomacy: The International Law of the U.S. Supreme Court, 24 Berkeley J. Int'l L. 273 (2006) [download from SSRN].
The American Challenge to International Law: A Tentative Framework for Debate, 28 Yale J. Int'l L. 551 (2003) [download from SSRN].
The (Un)favorable Judgment of History: Deportation Hearings, the Palmer Raids, and the Meaning of History , 78 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1431 (2003) [download from NYU].
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