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Annual Meeting and Presentation of the AFLA 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award in International Law to Professor Jerome A. Cohen

June 16, 2021
12:00 pm-1:00 pm

Price: Free

Please join us for our Annual Meeting and special presentation of the AFLA 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award in International Law to Professor Jerome A. Cohen in honor of his decades of major contributions to a better understanding of Trans-Pacific, International and Human Rights Law. A special introduction of the program will be made by Jeh C. Johnson, Partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP and former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Following the award presentation, Professor Jerome A. Cohen will share his unmatched insights on China’s Increasing Extraterritorial Reach.


Jeh C. Johnson is a Partner in the Litigation Department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP.  Jeh Johnson has had a distinguished career combining private law practice at Paul, Weiss and senior-level public service, including three Senate-confirmed presidential appointments. In public life, he served as Secretary of Homeland Security (2013-2017), General Counsel of the Department of Defense (2009-2012), General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force (1998-2001) and as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York (1989-1991). In private practice, Secretary Johnson is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer, and a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Since returning to Paul, Weiss in 2017, Secretary Johnson also advises clients, including high-tech companies and government contractors, on the legal aspects of cybersecurity, national security, data privacy, government contracting, crisis management, high-stakes litigation and regulatory matters.


Jerome A. Cohen is Of Counsel in the Corporate Department at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he concentrates in business law relating to Asia and has long represented foreign companies in contract negotiations and dispute resolution in China, Vietnam and other countries in East Asia. He is also a law professor at New York University School of Law and a senior fellow for Asia Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. At NYU, he teaches courses on “Legal Problems of Doing Business with China and East Asia” and “International Law – East and West.” He has published several books and articles on Chinese law as well as a general book, China Today, co-authored with his wife, Joan Lebold Cohen. In 1990 he published Investment Law and Practice in Vietnam. Mr. Cohen was visiting law professor at Doshisha University in Kyoto in 1971-72 and an honorary law professor at the University of Hong Kong in 1979. From 1979 to 1981, he took part in various trade and investment contract negotiations and taught a course on international business law, in the Chinese language, for Beijing officials. Mr. Cohen has been advisor to the Government of Sichuan Province, China; chairman of the American Arbitration Association’s China Conciliation Committee; a member of the Panel of Arbitrators of both the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission and the China Securities Regulatory Commission in Beijing; a trustee of the China Institute in America; a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; and a director of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. He also formerly served as chairman of the New York/Beijing Friendship (Sister City) Committee, a trustee of The Asia Society, a corporate director of the Japan Society, and the vice chairman of the Advisory Council for The Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Joint Center in China.

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