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David Cohen


“Tribunals in Indonesia”


David Cohen taught at the University of California, Berkeley since from 1979-2012 as the Ancker Distinguished Professor for the Humanities and the founding Director of the Berkeley War Crimes Studies Center.

Cohen’s involvement in research in war crimes tribunals began in the mid 1990’s with a project to collect the records of the national war crimes programs conducted in approximately 20 countries in Europe and Asia after WWII. This project led to the creation of the Documentation Center for War Crimes Trials at the Max Planck Institute for European Legal History in Frankfurt, co-directed by Cohen and Prof. Dieter Simon, and funded by the Volkswagen Foundation. After successful completion of a pilot project of acquisitions, Cohen and Simon created a follow-on Center at the University of Marburg and Cohen founded the War Crimes Studies Center at UC Berkeley (2000).

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