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Announcing Jerome A. Cohen Prize in International Law & East Asia

Submission Deadline: 24 September 2010

In honor of Professor Jerome A. Cohen, who turns 80 on July 1, the New York University Journal of International Law and Politics is seeking papers addressing the interaction between the international legal system and Chinese and East Asian law and legal thought.   East Asia’s distinctive institutions and legal systems continue to engage in a thought-provoking conversation with the global legal order, one that challenges traditional assumptions about international law.  Such interaction shows signs of effecting transformative changes both within domestic systems and at the international level.  With the Jerome A. Cohen Prize, the Journal of International Law and Politics will honor a novel contribution to this growing body of scholarship.  Papers may focus on any substantive discipline, although special consideration will be given to work relating to the subject areas currently taught by Professor Cohen: criminal justice, foreign investment law, and the role of Chinese legal thought in international law.

Submissions will be due 24 September 2010, and one paper will be selected for publication in the spring issue of the Journal.  Other high-quality submissions also will be considered for publication.  Submissions are expected to be fully formed, though the winner will be given a chance to substantially edit his or her piece before publication.

The winning essay will lead the spring issue of the Journal (issue No. 43:3).  It will be preceded by an introduction, explaining that the essay was chosen through highly competitive and selective process, and giving an overview of the contributions of Professor Cohen to Chinese legal scholarship and U.S.-China relations.  The winning essay will also be the subject of discussion, both in print and online, and the Journal of International Law and Politics will seek responses from among NYU faculty and fellows.

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J. Benton Heath, Editor-in-Chief

New York University Journal of International Law and Politics

More on Professor Cohen: Jerome A. Cohen is a leading U.S. expert on East Asian law.  He was appointed to the NYU law faculty in 1990, and he sits as an Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia Studies on the Council on Foreign Relations.  Professor Cohen’s publications include The Criminal Process in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1963: An Introduction (Harvard University Press, 1968); People’s China and International Law (with H.D. Chiu) (Princeton University Press, 1974); China’s Legal Tradition (editor) (Princeton University Press, 1980); and Investment Law and Practice in Vietnam (1990).  He also writes extensively for newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and Asia.  Before his appointment at NYU, Professor Cohen held professorships at Harvard and Boalt Hall.  He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1951, and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1955.  For more information on his most recent work, please visit the website of the U.S. Asia Law Institute,

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