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Jacob Katz Cogan

Judge Joseph P. Kinneary Professor of Law


Education

BA, University of Pennsylvania
MA, Ph.D., Princeton University
JD, Yale Law School

Areas of Interest

  • Comparative Law
  • Contracts
  • International Business
  • International Law
  • Legal History

Jacob Katz Cogan teaches contracts, international business transactions, international tax, and public international law and writes about contemporary changes in and challenges to the character and organization of the international legal system. Professor Cogan earned his JD from the Yale Law School, his MA and PhD from Princeton University, and his BA, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. Immediately prior to joining the College of Law, he served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. He is a recipient the Department’s Superior Honor Award.

Professor Cogan’s current research is comprised of three projects. The first studies the changing scope of international law—how the purview of international law and institutions has shifted over time. The second explores “operation international law”—the informal (and sometimes hidden) rules that are created through the practices and understandings of states and international institutions. A third looks more directly at the structures of global governance, especially international organizations. He is the coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of International Organizations (forthcoming September 2016) and Looking to the Future: Essays on International Law in Honor of W. Michael Reisman (2011). His articles and essays have appeared in American Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, the Harvard International Law Journal, and the Yale Journal of International Law, among other journals. One was awarded the Francis Deák Prize of the American Society of International Law.

Professor Cogan is an active member of the American Society of International Law and an elected member of the American Law Institute. He has been awarded the College of Law’s Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching. For many years, he has edited the International Law Reporter, a widely read blog on scholarship, events, and ideas in international law, international relations, and associated disciplines. He holds both German and U.S. citizenship.

Books

  • The Oxford Handbook of International Organizations (co-editor with Ian Hurd and Ian Johnstone) (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016)
  • Looking to the Future: Essays on International Law in Honor of W. Michael Reisman (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers 2011) (co-editor with Mahnoush H. Arsanjani, Robert D. Sloane, & Siegfried Wiessner)

Articles, Essays, and Book Reviews

  • Budgets and Financing, in The Oxford Handbook of International Organizations, supra (forthcoming 2016)
  • Elections and Voting, in The Oxford Handbook of International Organizations, supra (forthcoming 2016)
  • Book Review, Law and History Review (forthcoming 2016) (reviewing Stephen C. Neff, Justice Among Nations: A History of International Law (2014))
  • International Organizations, in Fundamental Concepts for International Law – The Construction of a Discipline (Jean d’Aspremont & Sahib Singh eds., forthcoming 2016)
  • The Scope of International Law (article manuscript in progress)
  • The Two Codes on the Use of Force, 27 European Journal of International Law (forthcoming 2016) (with Monica Hakimi)
  • Stabilization and the Expanding Scope of the Security Council’s Work, 109 American Journal of International Law 324 (2015)
  • The Changing Form of the International Law Commission’s Work, in Evolutions in the Law of International Organizations 275 (Roberto Virzo & Ivan Ingravallo eds., 2015)
  • The Decline of ‘Drafts, 11 International Organizations Law Review 1 (2014)
  • Book Review, 108 American Journal of International Law 371 (2014) (reviewing The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law (Bardo Fassbender & Anne Peters eds., 2012))
  • Coordination in Global Health and Its Costs, 107 Proceedings of the American Society of International Law 259 (2013)
  • International Decision,Stichting Mothers of Srebrenica v. Netherlands, 107 American Journal of International Law 884 (2013)
  • The 2012 Judicial Activity of the International Court of Justice, 107 American Journal of International Law 587 (2013)
  • The 2011 Judicial Activity of the International Court of Justice, 106 American Journal of International Law 586 (2012)
  • The Idea of Fragmentation, 105 Proceedings of the American Society of International Law 123 (2011)
  • The Regulatory Turn in International Law, 52 Harvard International Law Journal 321 (2011)
  • Book Review, 105 American Journal of International Law 844 (2011) (reviewing Paul F. Diehl & Charlotte Ku, The Dynamics of International Law (2010))
  • The 2010 Judicial Activity of the International Court of Justice, 105 American Journal of International Law 477 (2011)
  • The 2009 Judicial Activity of the International Court of Justice, 104 American Journal of International Law 605 (2010)
  • Introduction to Looking to the Future, supra, at xiii (2010) (co-author with Mahnoush H. Arsanjani, Robert D. Sloane, & Siegfried Wiessner)
  • National Courts, Domestic Democracy, and the Evolution of International Law: A Reply to Eyal Benvenisti and George Downs, 20 European Journal of International Law 1013 (2009) (responding to Eyal Benvenisti & George W. Downs, National Courts, Domestic Democracy, and the Evolution of International Law, 20 European Journal of International Law 59 (2009))
  • Representation and Power in International Organization: The Operational Constitution and Its Critics, 103 American Journal of International Law 209 (2009)
  • Book Review, 96 Journal of American History 844 (2009) (reviewing Elizabeth R. Varon, Disunion! The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789-1859 (2008))
  • Competition and Control in International Adjudication, 48 Virginia Journal of International Law 411 (2008)
  • International Decision, Prosecutor v. Milutinović et al., Decisions on Requests of the United States of America and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for Review, 101 American Journal of International Law 163 (2007)
  • Book Review, 100 American Journal of International Law 278 (2006) (reviewing Michael Barnett & Martha Finnemore, Rules for the World: International Organizations in Global Politics (2004))
  • Noncompliance and the International Rule of Law, 31 Yale Journal of International Law 189 (2006)
  • Book Review, 20 Law and History Review 194 (2002) (reviewing Laura J. Scalia, America’s Jeffersonian Experiment: Remaking State Constitutions, 1820-1850 (1999) 
  • International Criminal Courts and Fair Trials: Difficulties and Prospects, 27 Yale Journal of International Law 111 (2002)
  • Book Review, 88 Journal of American History 1074 (2001) (reviewing Maurice Baxter, Henry Clay the Lawyer (2000))
  • The Problem of Obtaining Evidence for International Criminal Courts, 22 Human Rights Quarterly 404 (2000)
  • Book Review, 107 Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 105 (1999) (reviewing The Bill of Rights: Government Proscribed (Ronald Hoffman & Peter J. Albert eds., 1997))
  • 1846 Petition for Woman’s Suffrage, New York State Constitutional Convention, 22 Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 427 (1997) (with Lori D. Ginzberg)
  • Note, The Look Within: Property, Capacity, and Suffrage in Nineteenth-Century America, 107 Yale Law Journal 473 (1997)
  • The Reynolds Affair and the Politics of Character, 16 Journal of the Early Republic 389 (1996)
  • Book Review, 53 William and Mary Quarterly 675 (1996) (reviewing Robert Rutland, James Madison and the American Nation, 1751-1836: An Encyclopedia (1996)); see also Communications, 54 William and Mary Quarterly 465 (1997) (replying to a letter from Joyce Appleby)
  • Book Review, 104 Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 513 (1996) (reviewing Richard Brookhiser, Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington (1996))
  • Book Review, 27 Journal of Interdisciplinary History 332 (1996) (reviewing Jack P. Greene, Negotiated Authorities: Essays in Colonial Political and Constitutional History (1994))
  • Book Review, 63 Pennsylvania History 280 (1996) (reviewing Tony Freyer, Producers Versus Capitalists: Constitutional Conflict in Antebellum America (1994))
  • A Continental Divide in American History, 112 New Jersey History 79 (1994) (reviewing Stanley Elkins & Eric McKitrick, The Age of Federalism (1993) and James Roger Sharp, American Politics in the Early Republic: The New Nation in Crisis (1993))
    • 2016 Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching
  • Contracts
  • International Business Transactions
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Litigation and Arbitration
  • International Tax
  • Public International Law