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
Harlan Grant Cohen joined the Georgia Law faculty in 2007 as an assistant professor specializing in international law. In 2011, he was promoted to associate professor.
Cohen came to Georgia Law 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 Tulane, Iowa and New York University law reviews and the Yale, Berkeley and NYU journals of international law, among other places.
Previously, he worked at the New York 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.
Cohen is a member of the American Society of International Law and 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 he has served on the Annual Meeting Program Committee. Additionally, Cohen is a member of the American Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, where he served as a member of the International Human Rights Committee.
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 Law's Erie Moment, 34 Mich. J. Int'l L. 249 (2013) [download from SSRN].
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].International Law's Erie Moment, 34 Mich. J. Int'l L. 249 (2013).
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