Dr. Miriam Cohen

Dr. Miriam Cohen

Assistant Professor

Phone Number: 
+1 (807) 343-8010ext. 7807
Office Location: 
PA 1007 (A)
Office Hours: 
By appointment 
Academic Qualifications: 

PhD, Leiden University
Master of Laws (LLM), Harvard Law School 
Master of Laws (LLM), University of Cambridge
Bachelor and Master of Laws (LLB and LLM), Université de Montréal

Dr. Miriam Cohen obtained her PhD in law from Leiden University, where she was the recipient of the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies scholarship. She completed her doctoral studies while working full-time as a lawyer at the United Nations. Additionally, she holds graduate degrees in law from Harvard Law School, the University of Cambridge, and Université de Montréal. She was a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow and John Peters Humphrey Scholar while at Harvard Law School, and a Right Honourable Paul Martin Sr. Scholar at the University of Cambridge. At Université de Montréal her graduate research was supported by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) scholarship. 

Date joined Lakehead: 
July 2015
Previous Teaching/Work: 

Prior to joining the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Dr. Cohen gained extensive legal experience at international organizations. She served in legal advisory roles at the United Nation's International Court of Justice and, prior to that, at the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court. She also worked at the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, dealing primarily with appellate proceedings. She was previously a Research Fellow at Harvard Law School and was part of a delegation to an arms control treaty negotiation at the United Nations, in Geneva. She is a member of the Quebec Bar, and prior to her international experience, she worked at an international firm in Montreal, and on pro bono cases.

Beyond her academic work, Dr. Cohen was appointed as a member of the legal team in a case before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, in Hamburg, advising the Applicant. She is a Director of the Children's Aid Society and a Rapporteur for the Oxford University Press International Organizations Research Project. At Lakehead University, she was appointed as Member (knowledgeable in law) to the Research Ethics Board, the Regional Research Fund and the Senate Academic Appeals Committee.

She is originally from Brazil and has consulted, researched or taught in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

Research Interests: 

Her book "Developing Reparative Justice for International Crimes: from Theory to Practice" is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press (2018-2019).

Dr. Cohen researches in the areas of international human rights, international dispute settlement, and international and comparative criminal law. She recently received a Canadian Bar Law for the Future Fund grant (2017) for a major research project in human rights fostering access to justice. Additionally, her research has also been supported by the Foundation for Legal Research, the SSHRC Aid to Small Universities Program and a Research Development Fund grant (for field research). 

She has published over a dozen scholarly pieces in peer-reviewed journals and edited collections in Canada, the United States, Europe, South Korea and Brazil. She has presented her scholarly work nationally and internationally, including recently at the University of Oxford, at the Investment Migration Council in Geneva, at the University of Western Australia, and at George Mason University.

Selected scholarly publications



Courses taught:

1L Criminal law

1L Criminal procedure

1L Constitutional law

Upper year seminar in Public International law

Upper year seminar in International Criminal law

Professor Cohen enjoys advising and keeping in touch with current and former students.