Dr. David COHEN


International Law
Transitional Justice and Human Rights
Social and Legal Historians of Ancient Greece


Dr. COHEN is a leading expert in the fields of international law, transitional justice and human rights, as well as one of the world’s leading social and legal historians of ancient Greece. Prior to joining SNB, Dr. COHEN taught at UC Berkeley from 1979-2012 as the Ancker Distinguished Professor for the Humanities, and served as the founding Director of the Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center, which moved to Stanford in 2013 and became the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice. Cohen’s research into war crimes tribunals began in the mid-1990’s with a project to collect the records of the national war crimes programs conducted in approximately 20 countries in Europe and Asia after WWII. Since 2001, Dr. COHEN’s work has largely focused on contemporary tribunals and transitional justice initiatives. Dr. COHEN has led justice sector reform initiatives and tribunal monitoring programs in Indonesia, East Timor, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Rwanda and Cambodia. At the regional level, Cohen has worked closely with the ASEAN Secretariat and the USAID Technical Facility to the ASEAN Secretariat in forming and leading an expert group to create a Human Rights Resource Center for ASEAN. Dr. COHEN serves as the Advisor to the Executive Director and the Governing Board of the Resource Center and leads the Center’s research projects.


- JD. at UCLA’s School of Law
- PhD. in Classics and Ancient History from Cambridge University
- Honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of Zurich
- Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University since 2009


- English
- German


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