Scholarly Articles

Professor Cohn’s formidable body of work includes articles in scholarly publications and book chapters. Many of them can be read at

Torture Is Never Legal, in Torture and Enhanced Interrogation: A Reference Handbook (Christina Ann-Marie DiEdoardo, ed., ABC-CLIO, 2020)

Imagining the Right to Peace: A Political and Ethical Imperative, in On Public Imagination (Victor Faessel, Richard Falk, & Michael Curtin, ed., Routledge, 2020)

A “Nice Jewish Girl” Critiques Israel, in Reclaiming Judaism From Zionism: Stories of Personal Transformation (Carolyn L. Karcher, ed., 2019)

Executive Murder: The Laws of the Drone Wars, in Follow the Money: Radio Voices for Peace and Justice: Pacific Radio Network KPFA’s Flashpoints Interviews (Dennis J. Bernstein ed., 2018)

Snowden’s Case for Asylum, in Follow the Money: Radio Voices for Peace and Justice: Pacific Radio Network KPFA’s Flashpoints Interviews (Dennis J. Bernstein ed., 2018)

Weapons of War and Mass Destruction, in Preventing War and Promoting Peace: A Guide for Health Professionals (William H. Wiist and Shelley K. White ed., Cambridge University Press, 2018)

US Exceptionalism: The Hubris That Fuels Wars, in War and Environment Reader (Gar Smith ed., Just World Books, 2017)

Drones and the Human Right to Peace , Peace Rev. (with Jeanne Mirer) (2015)

Arizona’s Immigration Law Encourages Racial Profiling, in Racial Profiling 187 (with Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Tim Wise, William Covington, Kamalakar Duvvuru, Sahar Aziz, Coleen Rowley, James A. Kowalski, Jody Feder, Sameera Hafiz, and Donald Tomaskovic-Devey & Patricia Warren) (with Carol Ullmann and Lynn M. Zott ed., Greenhaven Press 2013)

Teaching Torture at the School of the Americas, 35 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 1 (2013)

Training Torturers: The School of the Americas, in A World of Torture 233 (ACAT 2013 Report)

Torture as Terrorism, in Weapon of the Strong: Conversations on U.S. State Terrorism (with Jon Bailes and Cihan Aksan ed., Pluto Press, 2012)

Endless War Crimes by the US in Iraq, in Euro Paische Ideen, Crimes of the Empire 1 (with Robert Fisk, Ross Caputi, Giuliana Sgrena, Paul Craig Roberts, Bill Van Auken, John Pilger, Sean Penn, Uri Avnery, Ismail Haniyeh, and Ang Swee Chai) (A.W. Mytze, London 2012)

Racial Profiling Legalized in Arizona, 1 Colum. J. Race & L. 168 (2012)

Breeding Ground: Afghanistan and the Origins of Islamist Terrorism, 68 Guild Practicioner 189 (2011)

Advising Clients to Commit War Crimes With Impunity: An Unethical Practice, 10 Seattle J. Soc. Just. 249 (2011)

Trading Civil Liberties for Apparent Security Is a Bad Deal, in National Security, Civil Liberties, and The War on Terror 69 (M. Katherine B. Darmer & Richard D. Fybel, eds., 2011)

Colorblind Injustice: Roberts Court Violates Affirmative Action Mandates in Race Convention,65 Guild Prac. 68 (2009)

Trading Civil Liberties for Apparent Security is a Bad Deal, 12 Chap. L. Rev. 615 (2009)

Peace Profile: Victor Rabinowitz, 20 Peace Rev. 398 (2008)

Let the Sun Shine on the Supreme Court, 35 Hastings Const. L.Q. 161 (2008)

Police Interrogation, How the Court Refused to Find That Torture Violates Due Process, in We Dissent: Talking Back to the Rehnquist Court. Eight Cases that Subverted Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, 152 (Michael Avery, ed., NYU Press, 2008)

Speech Upon Assuming the Presidency of the National Lawyers Guild, 63 Guild Practitioner 129 (2006)

The Gonzales Indictment, in In the Name of Democracy: American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond 133 (Jeremy Brecher, Jill Cutler, and Brendan Smith, eds., Metropolitan/Holt 2005)

U.S. Coup D’Etat in Haiti, 61 Guild Practitioner 129 (2004)

United States Violation of International Law in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, in Challenges of Multi-Level Constitutionalism 233 (Joakim Nergelius, Pasquale Policastro & Kenji Urata, eds., Polpress, 2004)

Resisting Equality: Why the United States Refuses to Ratify the Women’s Convention, 26 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 15 (2004)

Close the Concentration Camp at Guantanamo, 76 Covert Action Quarterly (2004)

Oil: Weapon of Mass Destruction, 11 Bridges: An Interdisciplinary J Theology, Phil., Hist. & Science 1 (2004)

Human Rights: Casualty of the War on Terror, 25 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 317 (2004)

On Terrorism and National Liberation Struggles, 11 Intl’l Islamic Univ. Malaysia L.J. 297 (2003)

The Legal Profession: Looking Backward: The Evisceration of the Attorney-Client Privilege in the Wake of September 11, 2001, 71 Fordham L. Rev. 1233 (2003)

The Myth of Humanitarian Intervention in Kosovo, in Lessons of Kosovo: The Dangers of Humanitarian Intervention 121 (Aleksandar Jokic, ed., Broadview, 2003)

Affirmative Action and the Equality Principle in Human Rights Treaties: United States’ Violation of Its International Obligations, 43 Va. J. Int’l. L. 249 (2002)

Understanding, Responding to, and Preventing Terrorism, 24 Arab Studies Q. 25 (2002)

NATO Bombing of Kosovo: Humanitarian Intervention or Crime Against Humanity?, 15 Int. J. Semiot. Law 79 (2002)

Bombing of Afghanistan Is Illegal and Must Be Stopped, Int’l Rev. Contemporary L. 51 (special ed. 2002, Military Intervention in Afghanistan, The War on Terrorism: Violations of International Law)

Affirmative Action Mandates in U.S. International Legal Obligations, in Using the Law to Achieve Equality: A Report from the National Lawyers Guild-National Union of Cuban Jurists Seminar in Havana, Cuba 9 (Nat’l Lawyers Guild, 2002)

Criminal Law: Substantive Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, Social Sciences and Humanities: Law, § (co-authored with Steven Semeraro & Ruth B. Philips) (UNESCO-EOLSS, 2002) (published online at

The World Trade Organization: Elevating Property Interests Above Human Rights, 29 Ga. J. Int’l & Comp. L. 427 (2001)

Open-And-Shut: Senate Impeachment Deliberations Must Be Public, 51 Hastings L.J. 365 (2000)

The Politics of the Clinton Impeachment and the Death of the Independent Counsel Statute: Toward Depoliticization, 102 W. Va. L. Rev. 59 (1999)