Georgia Law’s Cohen named inaugural holder of international law professorship


UGA law school’s Cohen named inaugural holder of international law professorship Gabriel M. Wilner/UGA Foundation Professorship memorializes former associate dean

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia School of Law’s Harlan G. Cohen has been named the inaugural holder of the Gabriel M. Wilner/UGA Foundation Professorship in International Law.

“Harlan has established his reputation as an intellectual leader in international law,” Georgia Law Dean Peter B. “Bo” Rutledge said. “His appointment as the inaugural holder of the Wilner/UGA Foundation Professor in International Law will help further the law school’s commitment to providing our students with a strong foundation that will assist them as they join the legal profession in law, business or public service – in the United States as well as abroad. The law school is grateful to our alumnus Ken Klein and the UGA Foundation for their support of this professorship.”

Cohen joined the Georgia Law faculty in 2007, and he specializes in international law. He teaches courses on international law, global governance, international trade, U.S. foreign affairs and national security law, and human rights, and advises the student editors of the Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law, a role long played by Gabriel M. Wilner. His scholarship has appeared in the George Washington, Tulane, Iowa and New York University law reviews and the Yale, Berkeley, NYU and Michigan journals of international law.

Cohen has worked hard to expand the field of international law and draw new voices into its ranks through his role as managing editor of AJIL Unbound - the online extension of the American Journal of International Law, as co-chair of the American Society of International Law’s 106th Annual Meeting, as founding co-chair of ASIL-Southeast, and as co-chair of the Junior International Law Scholars Association. Cohen also serves on the executive committee of the American Society of International Law’s International Legal Theory Interest Group and has previously served as a member of the Society’s Executive Council. Cohen was elected to membership in the American Law Institute in 2013.

Cohen earned a dual degree in history and international studies from Yale University before earning his master’s in history. He graduated magna cum laude from the New York University School of Law, where he was a Florence Allen Scholar and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Cohen served as the articles editor of the New York University Law Review and received the Washington Foreign Law Society’s Justice Robert H. Jackson Prize for best published student writing on a topic of international/foreign law.

Named in memory of former Associate Dean and holder of the Kirbo Chair of Law Gabriel M. Wilner, who was a member of the Georgia Law faculty for more than 35 years, this professorship was created through a gift from Georgia Law alumnus Kenneth “Ken” Klein and matching funds from the UGA Foundation.


Writer: Emily Johnson, 706-542-5172, lawprstu@uga.edu Contact: Harlan G. Cohen, 706-542-5166, hcohen@uga.edu

UGA School of Law Consistently regarded as one of the nation’s top public law schools, Georgia Law was established in 1859. Its accomplished faculty includes authors of some of the country’s leading legal scholarship. The school offers three degrees – the Juris Doctor, the Master of Laws and the Master in the Study of Law – and is home to the Dean Rusk International Law Center. Georgia Law is proud of its long tradition of providing first-rate legal training for future leaders who will serve state and nation in both the public and private sectors. For more information, see www.law.uga.edu.