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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 of international law and human rights. She is a researcher at the Centre de recherche en droit prospectif (CRDP) and the Centre international de criminologie comparée (CICC) at University of Montréal. She is the author of “Realizing Reparative Justice for International Crimes” published with Cambridge University Press (2020), and co-author, with Professor Stáphane Beaulac, of the 3rd edition of Précis de droit international public with LexisNexis (2021). She has published widely in the fields of international law, human rights, international criminal law and reparations, and her research has appeared in leading law reviews and books in Canada, Europe, the United States, South Korea, and Brazil. She is a Rapporteur for the Oxford University Press International Organisations (OXIO) project. Her research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Council on International Law, the Foundation for Legal Research, among others. She is the Principal Investigator and Co-investigator of funded interdisciplinary projects in international law and human rights, and she leads a comparative human rights research project with Pro Bono Students Canada (PSBC). She earned her PhD in international law from Leiden University, and Masters of Laws (LLM) from Harvard Law School, from the University of Cambridge and from Université de Montréal. 

As an international lawyer (member of the Quebec Bar), Dr. Cohen has acted as Counsel for Panama before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg. She is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL) and the Société québécoise de droit international (SQDI). She is originally from Brazil, and she consults, researches or teaches in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

She joined University of Montreal from the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University where she was Co-Editor in Chief of the Lakehead Law Journal and Chair of the Faculty of Law Diversity Comittee. Prior to joining academia, Dr. Cohen gained extensive experience in the legal departments of international organizations. She served in legal advisory roles at the United Nation's International Court of Justice (ICJ) and previously at the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Dr. Cohen also worked at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, dealing primarily with appellate proceedings. She worked at an international firm in Montreal and in pro bono cases. Dr. Cohen was previously a Research Fellow at Harvard Law School, served as Rapporteur to an Expert Committee on a Draft Convention on Crimes against Humanity, and was part of a delegation to an arms control treaty negotiation at the United Nations, in Geneva. 

education

  • 2006 — Baccalauréat en droit — — Université de Montréal
  • 2007 — Maîtrise (LL. M) en droit — — Université de Montréal
  • 2008 — Maîtrise (LL. M) en droit international public — — Université de Cambridge
  • 2009 — Maîtrise (LL. M) en droit international des droits humains — — Université de Harvard
  • 2017 — Doctorat en droit international public — — Université de Leiden

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

Projects

Research projects

2020 - 2028

Centre de Recherche en Droit Prospectif ( CRDP )

Lead researcher : Vincent Gautrais
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 - 2022

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