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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.

Please Send Arti­cles to:

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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