Amy J. Cohen

John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law
Amy J. Cohen
Contact Information:

(614) 247-8459 Drinko 202


Curriculum Vitae Publications

  • B.A., Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, History and Hebraic Studies, 1998 (highest honors)
  • J.D., Harvard Law School, 2002 (magna cum laude)

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Areas of Expertise:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Clinical Education
  • Food Law
  • Law and Development
  • Mediation
  • South Asia

A creative and cross-disciplinary scholar, Professor Amy J. Cohen brings a range of qualitative and historical research methods to bear on two areas of legal scholarship—alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and law and economic development, including the law and political economy of agriculture and food.  She teaches property, mediation, negotiation, international dispute resolution, law and development, and global food law and policy. At Ohio State, she is also affiliated faculty at the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, the Food Innovation Center, and the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation.

Professor Cohen 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. 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. She has also been a visiting scholar at the University of New South Wales and Cornell Law School. Before joining the Moritz faculty, 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.

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 law reviews, such as Texas Law ReviewLaw and Contemporary Problems, Fordham Law Review, and Wisconsin Law Review.