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Miriam Cohen

Professeure agrégée

Faculté de droit

Pavillon Maximilien-Caron, room A7482

514 343-7169

miriam.cohen@umontreal.ca

Chercheuse

Faculté de droit - CRDP

Chercheuse

Faculté des arts et des sciences - Centre d'études et de recherches internationales

miriam.cohen@umontreal.ca

Profile

Research expertise

  • Droit international des droits humains
  • Droit international public
  • Droit pénal international
  • Institutions internationales
  • Résolutions des différends internationaux
  • Droits fondamentaux comparés

Biography

Miriam Cohen is an Associate Professor and holds the Canada Research Chair on Human Rights and International Reparative Justice at University of Montreal’s Faculty of Law, where she teaches and researches in international, public and human rights law. She is also a researcher at the Centre de recherche en droit public (CRDP), the Centre international de criminologie comparée (CICC) and the Centre d'études et de recherches internationales (CÉRIUM).

At the Faculty of Law, she leads a research program based on two main axes: international justice and reparation for human rights violations (Axis 1); and the interplay between human rights, new technologies and the empowerment of individuals and communities (Axis 2). She is also the founder of the International Justice and Human Rights Laboratory, where she supervises interdisciplinary research teams developing a specialized technological platform for the analysis of human rights jurisprudence. The project, developed in partnership with the Centre d'expertise numérique en recherche (CEN-R) of the University of Montreal, received a research infrastructure grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) through the John R. Evans Leaders Fund, and a second grant from the Government of Quebec for the creation of the digital research infrastructure, for a total of nearly $400,000 (phase 1). 

Before her academic career, Professor Cohen gained extensive experience in international organizations. She worked in the legal department at the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ) and previously at the Appeals Chamber and Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). She has also served as a Harvard Law School researcher, as rapporteur for a committee of experts on a draft convention on crimes against humanity, and as a member of a delegation to UN treaty negotiation in Geneva. As legal counsel (international law expert), she acted for the Republic of Panama before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (Hamburg). As a member of the Quebec Bar, she has worked in a major law firm in Montreal and offered her expertise in pro bono cases.

Recipient of several awards, fellowships and grants, including from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canadian Bar Association (Law for the Future Fund) and the Legal Research Foundation, she works with several interdisciplinary and international research teams, and her research has been published in law journals and textbooks in Canada, the United States, Europe, South Korea and Brazil (her home country). She is the author of Realizing Reparative Justice for International Crimes: from Theory to Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and co-author of the third edition of the Précis de droit international public with Professor Stéphane Beaulac (LexisNexis, 2021).

Professor Cohen acts regularly as a consultant and trainer in international law. In addition, she is a rapporteur for the Oxford University Press project on international organizations and a member of the boards of the Canadian Council on International Law and the Quebec Society of International Law. Before joining the University of Montreal, she was an Assistant Professor of Law at Lakehead University (Ontario), where she lectured on international law and Canadian public law from 2015 to 2018. Professor Cohen is originally from Brazil and she works in Portuguese, English, Spanish and French, and has basic knowledge of Italian and Dutch.

Awards and recognitions

education

  • 2006 — Baccalauréat en droit — — Université de Montréal
  • 2007 — Maîtrise en droit (LLM) — — Université de Montréal
  • 2008 — Maîtrise en droit (LLM) — — Université de Cambridge
  • 2009 — Maîtrise en droit (LLM) — — Université de Harvard
  • 2017 — Doctorat en droit international public (PhD) — — Université de Leiden

Teaching and supervision

Projects

Research projects

2020 - 2028

Centre de Recherche en Droit Prospectif ( CRDP )

Lead researcher : Vincent Gautrais , Nicolas Vermeys
Funding sources: FRQSC/Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FQRSC)
Grant programs: PV129894-(RG) Programme Regroupements stratégiques
2021 - 2026

Canada Research Chair in Justice internationale et droits fondamentaux / international justice and human rights

Lead researcher : Miriam Cohen
Funding sources: SPIIE/Secrétariat des programmes interorganismes à l’intention des établissements
Grant programs: PVX50399-Chaires de recherche du Canada
2017 - 2025

Centre international de criminologie comparée (CICC)

Funding sources: FRQSC/Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture (FQRSC)
Grant programs: PV129894-(RG) Programme Regroupements stratégiques
2021 - 2024

Laboratoire de justice internationale et droits fondamentaux

Lead researcher : Miriam Cohen
Funding sources: FCI/Fondation canadienne pour l'innovation
Grant programs: PVXXXXXX-Fonds des leaders
2020 - 2024

Potentialiser le leadership normatif de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé: une étude internationale

Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PVXXXXXX-Subvention Savoir
2018 - 2023

Defining reparations for victims of violent crimes: a comparative analysis

Lead researcher : Miriam Cohen
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PV153480-Subventions de développement Savoir
2020 - 2021

Supplément COVID-19 CRSH / Defining reparations for victims of violent crimes: a comparative analysis

Lead researcher : Miriam Cohen
Funding sources: CRSH/Conseil de recherches en sciences humaines du Canada
Grant programs: PVXXXXXX-Supplément à l’appui des étudiants, des stagiaires postdoctoraux et du personnel de soutien à la recherche COVID-19
2018 - 2021

Étude comparée des droits de la personne

Lead researcher : Miriam Cohen

Outreach

Publications and presentations

Disciplines

  • Law

Areas of expertise

  • Public international law
  • Fundamental rights of constitutional and international law
  • International bodies
  • International criminal law
  • COVID19
  • International business
  • Comprendre et créer
  • Rights and Liberty
  • Access to justice