Here you can find Jerry Cohen's many stories about his career in developing the field of Chinese legal studies and his encounter with Asia. These stories are part of his upcoming memoir. His video memoirs "Life, Law and Asia" (a total of 16 chapters) are also available here.
Establish Yourself at Thirty: My Decision to Study China's Legal System in 1960
Preparing for China at Berkeley: 1960-63
Jerome A. Cohen, Center for Chinese Studies, University of California, Berkeley
Hong Kong in 1963-4: adventures of A Budding China Watcher
Jerome A. Cohen, Hong Kong Law Journal, Vol. 47, Part 1 of 2017.
Jerome A. Cohen
Establishing the Universities Service Center
Establishing a research center on the border of what was still called Red China or Communist China was a delicate undertaking because the British colonial authorities, always concerned to avoid offending the Mainland government, were carefully scrutinizing the preparations for the USC. They kept admonishing Bob Gray, a nice New York foundation executive who was not familiar with China or Hong Kong, but who had been sent out to set up and direct the Centre, to move slowly. Actually, the Brits seemed to suspect that the Centre was going to be a CIA front for China-watching or at least that a few of its American scholars might be connected to “the Agency”. Carnegie was apparently so sensitive to the British concern about China-watching that it made the name of the new organization the innocuous-sounding “Universities Service Centre” without indicating what the focus of its work would be. From the name alone, the uninformed might have mistaken the Centre for an auto repair shop! It was not until 1993 that the words “For China Studies” were added to the name.
USC创始主任、纽约大学法学院教授孔杰荣（Jerome A. Cohen）, 金融时报中孔文网, 2015年2月6日
Jerome A. Cohen, Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, May 17, 2011
Jerome A, Cohen, Hong Kong Economic Journal, September 3, 2011
China’s Changing Attitude Towards International Law, in Hungdah Chiu, China, and International Law: A Life Well Spent”
Jerome Cohen, Maryland Journal of International Law, Vol. 27, Issue 1 (May 2012)
Law and China’s “Open Policy”: A Foreigner Present at the Creation
Jerome A. Cohen, American Journal of Comparative Law (forthcoming 2017)
This is an account of my experiences in China during the years 1979-81 when I had the opportunity to participate in the re-establishment of a largely Soviet-style legal system following the end of the Cultural Revolution. It describes my two years of teaching foreign direct investment law and international business law generally, including dispute resolution processes, to Beijing city officials charged with the responsibility of negotiating trade, licensing and joint venture investment contracts with multinational corporations. I also discuss my early experiences actually negotiating such contracts with Chinese officials on behalf of American and other companies and conducting special training programs for legislative draftsmen and administrators in the fields of taxation and investment law. In addition, I mention my related efforts involving translation and publication of emerging legislation into English, selecting the first Chinese officials to study law in the United States and giving occasional lectures in cities beyond Beijing.