David Cohen

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Adjunct Senior Fellow and Director, Asian International Justice Initiative, East-West Center.
WSD Handa Visting Professor for Human Rights and International Justice and Director, WDS Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Stanford University
djcohen [at] berkeley.edu
Phone: 
808.944.7236
Fax: 
808.944.7399
Education: 
Cambridge
Area of Expertise: 

Legal history, international humanitarian law, war crimes trials; human rights.

Former Ancker Distinguished Professor for Humanities at the University of California at Berkeley and Professor of Law and Social Thought, University of Chicago.  Honorary doctorates, University of Zurich, Faculty of Law and University of Cambodia.

As Director of the WSD HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice (formerly the UC Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center) and the Asian International Justice Initiative at the East-West Center, he directs human rights, rule of law, and international criminal law training, capacity building, outreach, and trial monitoring projects in Indonesia, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Timor Leste, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Rwanda. He has served as Expert Advisor to the Commission on Truth and Friendship of Indonesia and Timor Leste and is currently Advisor to the Human Rights Resource Center for ASEAN, engaged in research projects on rule of law, women's and children's rights, and business and human rights in ASEAN. His publications focus on war crimes trials and international criminal law issues from WWII to today.

Professor Cohen holds a J.D. degree from the UCLA School of Law and a Ph.D. in classics/ancient history from Cambridge University.

For information on the WSD HANDA Center for Human Rights and International Justice please click here.

BOOKS AND MONOGRAPHS:

A Well-Reasoned Opinion? Critical Analysis of the First Case Against the Alleged Senior Leaders of the Khmer Rouge (Case 002/01) by David Cohen, Melanie Hyde, and Penelope Van Tuyl with Stephanie Fung, East-West Center, 2015.

Intended to Fail: The Trials Before the Ad Hoc Human Rights Court in Jakarta, International Center for Transitional Justice, 2003.

Indifference and Accountability:  The United Nations and the Politics of International Justice in East Timor, East-West Center Special Reports Number 9, June 2006, East-West Center.

The Legacy of the Serious Crimes Trials in East Timor, International Center for Transitional Justice, 2007.

The Cambridge Companion to Greek Law, co-edited with Michael Gagarin, Cambridge University Press, 2006.

‘Justice on the Cheap’ Revisited:  The Failure of the Serious Crimes Trials in East Timor, AsiaPacific Issues, No. 80, May 2006.

Law, Violence, and Community in Classical Athens, Cambridge University Press, 1995.

Law, Society, and Sexuality: The Enforcement of Morals in Classical Athens, Cambridge University Press, 1991.

The Athenian Law of Theft, C.H. Beck Verlag, 1983.