Photo by Joan Lebold Cohen

 Photo by Joan Lebold Cohen

Jerome Cohen (孔傑榮/柯恩) is a professor at NYU School of Law and Director of its U.S.-Asia Law Institute. He is also Adjunct Senior Fellow for Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Here you can find his lifelong work and interesting stories on Asia and law as well as resources for Chinese legal studies.

 

 



Law, Life and Asia

Jerome Cohen's Video Memoirs

Establish Yourself At Thirty

”Sanshi erli (三十而立)!” I first heard this famous Chinese phrase before I could understand it. Every educated Chinese knows it as one of a series of maxims coined by China’s greatest sage, Confucius, as advice appropriate to life’s successive decades.

I was about to turn thirty and confronting my most daring career decision. As a young, untenured professor of American public and international law who had just finished his first year of teaching at Berkeley, should I take up an extraordinary opportunity to study China, one that I had failed to persuade others to pursue?

 

 

 

The U.S.-Asia Law Institute (USALI) of NYU School of Law, founded by Jerome A. Cohen and Frank K. Upham, provides an essential public service by educating important constituencies about developments in Asian legal systems and societies; bolstering legal reform efforts with comparative research and international expertise; and nurturing the current and next generation of scholars and practitioners who will set the direction of legal reform in the future. 


Jerome A. Cohen Speaks at House Committee on Foreign Affairs Asia Subcommittee Hearing on “China’s Rise”

On June 17, 2015, USALI co-founder and co-director Jerome A. Cohen spoke at a House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific hearing entitled, “China’s Rise: The Strategic Impact of Its Economic and Military Growth.”

For his written statement, please click here. A Chinese translation of this testimony was published in FT 中文网. To read the full text, please click here. To view the video recording of the hearing in its entirety, please click on this link.  


Most Recent Book

Challenge to China: How Taiwan Abolished Its Version of Re-Education Through Labor

by Jerome A. Cohen & Margaret K. Lewis

"In this important book, Professors Cohen and Lewis, leading China scholars of different generations, have drawn on the repeal of the Liumang [hooliganism] Act in 2009, as well as Taiwan's broader achievements in legal reform, to call upon China, under its new leadership, to learn from Taiwan's experience. Challenge to China is not only a scholarly tour-de-force; it is a beacon for the reform that is essential if the citizens of the People's Republic are to receive the rights they deserve and their government is to command the respect that is due a great power."  

--Judge John M. Walker, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

"Taiwan has successfully made the transition from authoritarianism to democratic governance and correspondingly from a police-centric to a court-centric legal system. Through a meticulous case study of the abolition of the offense of Liumang [hooliganism], Challenge to China provides a fresh and insightful perspective on the rise and fall of that notorious penal institution in Taiwan and the interaction between political liberalization and police accountability. . . . Taiwan's experience says to China that a robust legal reform not only strengthens democracy, it may also catalyze it."

--Professor Fu Hualing, University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

"Elections alone do not make a democracy. To be fully democratic, states must give up the convenience of arbitrary power and place themselves under the law. In this gem of a book, Jerome Cohen and Margaret Lewis show how the Taiwanese state did just that. Whether ransoming racing pigeons or 'eating the same fish twice,' the authors weave together legal detail with juicy interview data and charming case studies to create a narrative that is persuasive, informative, and engaging. This short, readable book explains Taiwan's legal system, details its legal reforms, and offers guidance (and hope) to reformers everywhere - including those in the People's Republic of China - who are working to rein in police power and secure the rule of law."

--Shelley Rigger, Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute's Asia Program and Brown Professor of East Asian Politics at Davidson College

Book Discussion

Jerome Cohen and Margaret Lewis discuss their book. The duo draw attention to an underappreciated aspect of legal reforms in Taiwan and ask how Taiwan's experience might be relevant to its neighbor across the Taiwan Strait.


新书

邁向法治:台灣「流氓」制度的興廢與中國大陸「勞動教養」的未來

作者:孔杰荣、陆梅吉

「孔傑榮教授長期關心東亞民主法治與人權保障的發展與實踐,對於台灣如何從威權統治轉型為民主憲政制度,如何逐步推展法治、積極保障人權,尤有親身的觀察與認識。他一直希望能讓更多的世人知道台灣近年在這方面的成就,也希望台灣的經驗,能有助於中國大陸的法治建設。他與陸梅吉教授合著的這本書,正是實踐他心願的第一本書。」
林子儀,中央研究院法律學研究所特聘研究員兼所長

「《檢肅流氓條例》幾乎經不起所有違憲審查標準的檢驗,包括正當法律程序原則。大法官三度宣告違憲,突顯『感訓處分』制度難以除去的違憲印記。廢止這部惡法是我在刑事庭生涯最大的心願,本書全面性觀照《檢肅流氓條例》的實務運作與違憲審查過程,是非常鮮活的人權教材,期盼有朝一日也能看見中國大陸的『勞動教養』制度走入歷史。」
錢建榮,台灣桃園地方法院法官