Professor Amy Cohen

BA (summa cum laude), Rutgers University

JD (magna cum laude), Harvard Law School

A creative and cross-disciplinary scholar, Amy J. Cohen brings a range of qualitative and historical research methods to bear on two areas of legal scholarship—mediation and conflict resolution, including among organizers building alternatives to the criminal legal system, and law and economic development, including the law and political economy of agriculture and food. She joins UNSW from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where she is the John. C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law.

Amy has held visiting professorships at Harvard Law School, Osgoode Hall Law School, the University of Turin, Faculty of Law, and the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, and she has held fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, the American Institute of Indian Studies at the University of Chicago, the Fulbright Program, and the Collegio Carlo Alberto.

Her articles have appeared in interdisciplinary publications, such as Law and Social Inquiry, Law, Culture, and the HumanitiesNOMOS, and Political and Legal Anthropology Review, as well as in a number of US-based law reviews, such as Texas Law ReviewLaw and Contemporary Problems, and Minnesota Law Review.  

After law school, she taught at the Kathmandu School of Law in Nepal as a Fulbright scholar, clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in Denver, Colorado, and worked on community development initiatives in Ghana, Nepal, and Thailand..

Journal articles

Cohen A, 2020, 'A Labor Theory of Negotiation: From Integration to Value Creation', Journal of Law and Political Economy, vol. 1

Cohen AJ; Jackson J, 2020, 'Governing through markets: Multinational firms in the bazaar economy', Regulation & Governance,

Cohen AJ, 2020, 'Negotiating the Value Chain: A Study of Surplus and Distribution in Indian Markets for Food', Law & Social Inquiry, vol. 45, pp. 460 - 492,

Cohen A, 2019, 'Moral Restorative Justice: A Political Genealogy of Activism and Neoliberalism in the United States', Minnesota Law Review, pp. 889 - 953,

Cohen AJ, 2018, 'Transnational legal methodology and domestic markets for food', Transnational Legal Theory, vol. 9, pp. 361 - 370,

Cohen A, 2017, '“Everything is Not About Convenience”: Family, State, Supermarket in Middle-Class West Bengal', UC Irvine Law Review

Cohen A, 2017, 'Trauma and the Welfare State: A Genealogy of Prostitution Courts in New York City', Texas law review

Gruber A; Cohen A; Kate M, 2016, 'Penal Welfare and The New Human Trafficking Intervention Courts', Florida law review

Cohen AJ; Gershon I, 2015, 'When the State Tries to See Like a Family: Cultural Pluralism and the Family Group Conference in New Zealand', PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review, vol. 38, pp. 9 - 29,

Cohen A, 2015, 'The Law and Political Economy of Contemporary Food: Some Reflections on the Local and the Small', Law and Contemporary Problems

Cohen A, 2015, 'Law and Society Scholarship after the Turn to Culture and Away from the State', Anthropology of this Century

Cohen A, 2014, 'Review of CHAIA HELLER, FOOD, FARMS, & SOLIDARITY', PoLAR: Political and Legal Anthropology Review

Cohen AJ, 2013, 'On Being Anti-Imperial: Consensus Building, Anarchism, and ADR', Law, Culture and the Humanities, vol. 9, pp. 243 - 260,

Cohen A, 2013, 'Supermarkets in India: Struggles over the Organization of Agricultural Markets and Food Supply Chains', University of Miami law review

Cohen AJ, 2012, 'Producing Publics: Dewey, Democratic Experimentalism, and the Idea of Communication', Contemporary Pragmatism, vol. 9, pp. 143 - 157,

Cohen A, 2011, 'The Family, the Market, and ADR', Journal on Dispute Resolution

Cohen A; Michal A, 2011, 'Progressive Constitutionalism and Alternative Movements in Law', Ohio State law journal

Cohen A, 2011, 'Commentary on Ilana Gershon, Neoliberal Agency', Current Anthropology

Cohen A, 2010, 'Governance Legalism: Hayek and Sabel on Reason and Rules, Organization and Law', Wisconsin law review

Cohen A, 2009, 'Thinking with Culture in Law and Development', Buffalo Law Review

Cohen A, 2009, 'Dispute Systems Design, Neoliberalism, and the Problem of Scale', Harvard Negotiation Law Review

Cohen A, 2009, 'Revisiting Against Settlement: Some Reflections on Dispute Resolution and Public Values', Fordham Law Review

Cohen AJ, 2008, 'Negotiation, Meet New Governance: Interests, Skills, and Selves', Law & Social Inquiry, vol. 33, pp. 501 - 562,

Cohen A, 2006, 'Comparative Considerations: Towards the Global Transfer of Ideas on Dispute System Design', Dispute Resolution Magazine

Cohen A, 2006, 'Debating the Globalization of U.S. Mediation: Politics, Power, and Practice in Nepal', Harvard Negotiation Law Review

Cohen A, 2004, 'Must we Ask?: Revisiting the Role of Gender in Negotiation', Dispute Resolution Magazine

Cohen A, 2003, 'Gender: An (Un)Useful Category of Prescriptive Negotiation Analysis?', Texas journal of women and the law

Book Chapters

Cohen A, 2019, 'An Accidental Governance Feminist: An Interview with Kate Mogulescu', in Halley J; Kotiswaran P (ed.), Governance Feminism Notes from the Field, U of Minnesota Press, pp. 113 - 123,

Cohen A; Gruber A, 2019, 'Governance Feminism in New York’s Human Trafficking Intervention Courts', in Governance Feminism Notes from the Field, U of Minnesota Press, pp. 83 - 112,

Cohen A; Jackson J, 2019, 'Rights as Logistics: Notes on the Right to Food and and Food Retail Liberalization in India', in Young KG; College B (ed.), The Future of Economic and Social Rights, Cambridge University Press, pp. 407 - 433,

Cohen A, 2018, 'On Compromise, Negotiation, and Loss', in Compromise NOMOS LIX, NYU Press

Cohen A, 2017, 'ADR and Some Thoughts on the Social', in Searching for Contemporary Legal Thought, Cambridge University Press

Cohen A, 2017, 'Law in the Shadow of Negotiation: On the Jurisprudence of Roger Fishe', in The Negotiator's Desk Reference, Dri Press

Teaching Activity

Legal experimentalism; Food Law; ADR; Mediation