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.
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 | 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.

12 Mar 2019 - 3:26AM

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
How China’s trial of Lee Ming-che is a warning to Taiwanese activists inspired by freedoms and democracy
How India border stand-off gives China a chance to burnish its global image
Taiwan’s landmark ruling on same-sex marriage highlights the gulf with mainland China
Activists in China pay a heavy price for fighting everyday injustices
Why Trump should give nuclear-armed North Korea a shot at peace
Beijing and Taipei should end their tug of war over repatriation of criminal suspects
Is there a way for Beijing to save face after the South China Sea arbitration ruling?
Can Taiwan show Beijing and the world how disputed islands should be used for peace?
Why the elections in Taiwan matter so much – for Beijing, the region and the US
China’s courts continue to silence critics of party policies
Delay in HKU appointment of Johannes Chan makes a mockery of Beijing's pledged support for rule of law
Differing outlooks impede Sino-US cooperation to enhance cybersecurity
Why was Zhou Yongkang denied a public trial like Bo Xilai's?
Mutual respect for international laws can keep the peace between China and the US
Detention of women activists makes a mockery of China's rule of law aspirations
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.

28 Sep 2016 - 5:32PM

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
Normalisation of Sino-US ties was the right move, as today's China shows
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.

5 Nov 2014 - 5:11AM

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
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.

18 Aug 2014 - 4:30AM

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
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.

2 Jun 2014 - 3:25AM

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
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.

28 Sep 2016 - 5:32PM

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
Abe must act now to seal Fukushima reactors, before it's too late

Dear Prime Minister Abe, the Fukushima crisis is getting worse. Yet you have an option at your disposal to resolve it. But first you must begin by challenging a chain of untested and dangerous assumptions that have lulled you and your administration into apparent complacency.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

Dear Prime Minister Abe, the Fukushima crisis is getting worse. Yet you have an option at your disposal to resolve it. But first you must begin by challenging a chain of untested and dangerous assumptions that have lulled you and your administration into apparent complacency.

Abe must act now to seal Fukushima reactors, before it's too late
Xu Zhiyong's trial makes a mockery of Beijing's pledge to enforce rule of law

Whenever asked about China's latest criminal prosecution of a human rights advocate, the foreign ministry says it is being handled "in accordance with law". This sounds assuring, but what does it mean? Last week's trial of Xu Zhiyong , which the ministry termed "a common criminal case", provides an occasion for inquiry.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM

Whenever asked about China's latest criminal prosecution of a human rights advocate, the foreign ministry says it is being handled "in accordance with law". This sounds assuring, but what does it mean? Last week's trial of Xu Zhiyong , which the ministry termed "a common criminal case", provides an occasion for inquiry.

Xu Zhiyong's trial makes a mockery of Beijing's pledge to enforce rule of law
Plenum pledge won't make scrapping China's labour camps any easier
Milk scandal leaves sour taste for foreign investors
State of surveillance
28 Sep 2016 - 5:32PM
State of surveillance
China's jailed champions
28 Sep 2016 - 5:32PM
China's jailed champions
Political tremors
28 Sep 2016 - 5:32PM
Political tremors
Triumph and adversity
28 Sep 2016 - 5:32PM
Triumph and adversity