Amichai Cohen

Visiting Professor of Law


Areas of teaching and research
  • Economic analysis of international law
  • International humanitarian law
  • National security law
  • Interplay between international and domestic law
  • Yale Law School, J.S.D., 2003
  • Yale Law School, LL.M., 2001
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, LL.B., 1998

Amichai Cohen is dean and professor of international law of the Faculty of Law, Ono Academic College. His research interests include: international humanitarian law, Israel's national security law, and the interplay between international law and domestic law. 

Cohen is a research fellow at the Israel Democracy Institute and a member of the executive board of the Concord Research Center for Integration of International Law in Israel. He has made several appearances before Knesset committees and Ministry of Justice officials regarding the application of international law in Israeli law.

Cohen has organized and participated in a wide range of international academic conferences and published extensively in prominent academic journals. His most recent book is: Israel's National Security Law: Political Dynamics and Historical Development (Routledge, 2011) (with Stuart A. Cohen). From 2004 to 2008, he was editor in chief of the Ono Academic College Law Review Kiryat Hamishpat.

A former visiting professor at American University Washington College of Law, Cohen holds an LL.B. (summa cum laude) from the Hebrew University, and an LL.M. and J.S.D. degrees from the Yale Law School.

Selected Publications

"Beyond the Grave Breaches Regime: The Duty to Investigate Alleged Violations of International Law Governing Armed Conflicts" 14 Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law 37-85 (2012) (with Yuval Shany)

“War is Governance: Explaining the Logic of the Laws of War from a Principal –Agent perspective” 112 Michigan Law Review 1363 (2014) (with Eyal Benvenisti)

“Legal Advisors in the Armed Forces” forthcoming in: Political and Military Sociology: An Annual Review (2014) (with Eyal Ben Ari)

“Economic Analysis of the Law of Armed Conflict” forthcoming in: The Oxford Handbook of Economic Analysis of Law (2014) (with Eyal Benvenisti)