Jerome A. Cohen

Jerome A. Cohen

Jerome A. Cohen is a law professor at New York University, faculty director of its US-Asia Law Institute and adjunct senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Opinion | How long can Hong Kong courts resist the pressure to act more like those on the mainland?

Hong Kong’s courts are still clinging to their commitment to the rule of law and their role in assuring protection of individual rights against arbitrary state action. They are fighting an agile rearguard action, but the future is bleak.

Hong Kong’s courts are still clinging to their commitment to the rule of law and their role in assuring protection of individual rights against arbitrary state action. They are fighting an agile rearguard action, but the future is bleak.

How long can Hong Kong courts resist the pressure to act more like those on the mainland?
24 Jan 2021 - 9:38AM
Opinion | Why Covid-19 citizen journalist Zhang Zhan’s fate deserves greater scrutiny

Among other aspects, Zhang’s case is distinctive for being the first formal prosecution involving the charge of ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’ to suppress a Covid-19 citizen journalist.

Among other aspects, Zhang’s case is distinctive for being the first formal prosecution involving the charge of ‘picking quarrels and provoking trouble’ to suppress a Covid-19 citizen journalist.

Why Covid-19 citizen journalist Zhang Zhan’s fate deserves greater scrutiny
11 Jan 2021 - 10:45AM
Opinion | A decade after Chinese human rights lawyers Tang Jitian and Liu Wei were disbarred, much has changed – for the worse

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, liberal democracies and lawyers around the world must advocate for persecuted human rights lawyers in China, who are subject to arrests, prison sentences, disbarments and enforced disappearances.

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, liberal democracies and lawyers around the world must advocate for persecuted human rights lawyers in China, who are subject to arrests, prison sentences, disbarments and enforced disappearances.

A decade after Chinese human rights lawyers Tang Jitian and Liu Wei were disbarred, much has changed – for the worse
28 Apr 2020 - 7:20AM
Opinion | China should not use the coronavirus as an excuse to silence human rights activists like Wang Quanzhang

As often occurs in the ‘non-release release’ of China’s political prisoners, lawyer Wang Quanzhang has been confined in his old home after his release – ostensibly for quarantine – yet he remains under strict surveillance.

As often occurs in the ‘non-release release’ of China’s political prisoners, lawyer Wang Quanzhang has been confined in his old home after his release – ostensibly for quarantine – yet he remains under strict surveillance.

China should not use the coronavirus as an excuse to silence human rights activists like Wang Quanzhang
15 Apr 2020 - 7:49AM
Opinion | Beijing must come clean on arbitrary detention of Taiwanese or risk hurting its soft power ambitions

Since 2017, at least four Taiwanese have been arbitrarily detained in mainland China and isolated from family and lawyers because of a breakdown in cross-strait relations. International pressure is losing effectiveness as China grows in economic clout.

Since 2017, at least four Taiwanese have been arbitrarily detained in mainland China and isolated from family and lawyers because of a breakdown in cross-strait relations. International pressure is losing effectiveness as China grows in economic clout.

Beijing must come clean on arbitrary detention of Taiwanese or risk hurting its soft power ambitions
26 Mar 2020 - 12:22PM
Opinion | Macau and Hong Kong are too different for Beijing to treat them like peas in a pod

Their different colonial histories bequeathed to Hong Kong and Macau different legal heritages that influenced their populations’ expectations of the government.

Their different colonial histories bequeathed to Hong Kong and Macau different legal heritages that influenced their populations’ expectations of the government.

Macau and Hong Kong are too different for Beijing to treat them like peas in a pod
21 Dec 2019 - 7:48PM
Opinion | An independent inquiry is still the only way to end the protests and keep Hong Kong’s story from ending tragically

A citizens’ commission of well-known members from across Hong Kong society can provide the needed independent inquiry. There is no better option available, and the time left to prevent a deeper tragedy is running out fast.

A citizens’ commission of well-known members from across Hong Kong society can provide the needed independent inquiry. There is no better option available, and the time left to prevent a deeper tragedy is running out fast.

An independent inquiry is still the only way to end the protests and keep Hong Kong’s story from ending tragically
15 Nov 2019 - 6:27PM
Opinion | If Beijing wants an extradition law with Hong Kong – and elsewhere – it should reform its judicial process

Democracies across the world look at China’s judicial practices and decline extradition agreements with it. If Beijing wants such an agreement with Hong Kong, it should deliver the judicial reforms it promised long ago.

Democracies across the world look at China’s judicial practices and decline extradition agreements with it. If Beijing wants such an agreement with Hong Kong, it should deliver the judicial reforms it promised long ago.

If Beijing wants an extradition law with Hong Kong  – and elsewhere – it should reform its judicial process
23 May 2019 - 7:15AM
Opinion | Meng Wanzhou’s case, Beijing’s response and two legal scandals highlight the ‘rule of law’, as preached – and practised – in Canada and China

Amid the diplomatic row over the Huawei executive’s arrest and the two detained Canadians, Beijing and Ottawa are also being watched carefully around the world after strikingly different reactions to domestic law-related scandals.

Amid the diplomatic row over the Huawei executive’s arrest and the two detained Canadians, Beijing and Ottawa are also being watched carefully around the world after strikingly different reactions to domestic law-related scandals.

Meng Wanzhou’s case, Beijing’s response and two legal scandals highlight the ‘rule of law’, as preached – and practised – in Canada and China
12 Mar 2019 - 3:26AM
How China’s trial of Lee Ming-che is a warning to Taiwanese activists inspired by freedoms and democracy
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
How India border stand-off gives China a chance to burnish its global image
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Taiwan’s landmark ruling on same-sex marriage highlights the gulf with mainland China
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Activists in China pay a heavy price for fighting everyday injustices
20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
Why Trump should give nuclear-armed North Korea a shot at peace
20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
Beijing and Taipei should end their tug of war over repatriation of criminal suspects
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Is there a way for Beijing to save face after the South China Sea arbitration ruling?
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Can Taiwan show Beijing and the world how disputed islands should be used for peace?
28 Sep 2016 - 5:32PM
Why the elections in Taiwan matter so much – for Beijing, the region and the US
15 Jan 2016 - 1:26PM
China’s courts continue to silence critics of party policies
20 Jul 2018 - 2:54PM
Delay in HKU appointment of Johannes Chan makes a mockery of Beijing's pledged support for rule of law
25 Sep 2015 - 12:16PM
Differing outlooks impede Sino-US cooperation to enhance cybersecurity
29 Sep 2016 - 12:56PM
Why was Zhou Yongkang denied a public trial like Bo Xilai's?
7 Jul 2015 - 9:22AM
Mutual respect for international laws can keep the peace between China and the US
21 Jun 2015 - 2:20PM
Detention of women activists makes a mockery of China's rule of law aspirations
26 Mar 2015 - 5:47PM
Blind activist Chen Guangcheng recounts thrilling escape from China in new autobiography

The self-taught lawyer's long-awaited and highly readable autobiography offers many insights into contemporary China as well as the thrilling story of his 2012 escape from police custody.

The self-taught lawyer's long-awaited and highly readable autobiography offers many insights into contemporary China as well as the thrilling story of his 2012 escape from police custody.

Blind activist Chen Guangcheng recounts thrilling escape from China in new autobiography
28 Sep 2016 - 5:32PM
Normalisation of Sino-US ties was the right move, as today's China shows
6 Jan 2015 - 8:39PM
China's socialist rule of law still offers real hope of improvements to legal system

Over 50 years ago, when I began to study the roles of law in Chinese life, some American China specialists thought I had chosen the one subject that the "central realm" had never regarded as important.

Over 50 years ago, when I began to study the roles of law in Chinese life, some American China specialists thought I had chosen the one subject that the "central realm" had never regarded as important.

China's socialist rule of law still offers real hope of improvements to legal system
5 Nov 2014 - 5:11AM
Zhou Yongkang case shows China's rule of law still good only in theory

For decades, China's communist leaders have admonished their cadres to "combine theory and practice". This is sound advice for any society. Yet, it is easier said than done.

For decades, China's communist leaders have admonished their cadres to "combine theory and practice". This is sound advice for any society. Yet, it is easier said than done.

Zhou Yongkang case shows China's rule of law still good only in theory
18 Aug 2014 - 4:30AM
After June 4, China is still fumbling towards respect for rights of all

We are entitled, 25 years later, to ask about the enduring legacy of June 4. Its immediate impact on China's legal system and civil and political rights was, of course, disastrous.

We are entitled, 25 years later, to ask about the enduring legacy of June 4. Its immediate impact on China's legal system and civil and political rights was, of course, disastrous.

After June 4, China is still fumbling towards respect for rights of all
2 Jun 2014 - 3:25AM
Taiwan's handling of murder case raises question of cross-strait co-operation

Although the death penalty continues to be popular in Taiwan, the government's April 29 execution of two of its citizens, brothers Tu Ming-lang and Tu Ming-hsiung, for allegedly committing five murders in Guangdong in 2001 has understandably aroused public concern.

Although the death penalty continues to be popular in Taiwan, the government's April 29 execution of two of its citizens, brothers Tu Ming-lang and Tu Ming-hsiung, for allegedly committing five murders in Guangdong in 2001 has understandably aroused public concern.

Taiwan's handling of murder case raises question of cross-strait co-operation
28 Sep 2016 - 5:32PM