Belinda Cooper is an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights, New York University's Center for Global Affairs, and a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute. She is the editor of War Crimes: The Legacy of Nuremberg, which explores the interconnections between the Nuremberg tribunal and today's international criminal tribunals. Cooper teaches and lectures on human rights and international law, with a particular focus on transitional justice, war crimes tribunals, and women’s rights. She has led an NYU study trip to The Hague, Bosnia and Serbia for several years.
Cooper has taken part in women's rights fact-finding missions to Armenia, Uzbekistan and Tanzania and coauthored reports on domestic violence in those countries. She has written for a wide variety of publications, including The New York Times, Newsweek, Christian Science Monitor, Forward, and LA Weekly, and has spoken and participated in panels at the Harvard Center for European Studies, Cardozo Law School, the New School, the Jewish Community Center in New York, Israel's Minerva Center for Human Rights, and other forums. She lived in Berlin, Germany, for many years and is a translator of German scholarly books and articles, including many texts on Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and a textbook on international criminal law.
Cooper holds a law degree from Yale Law School and has taught human rights, international law, transitional justice and gender and the law at The New School, Brooklyn College, Ohio Northern University Law School, Seton Hall Law School and Humboldt University in Berlin.
She is co-founder and vice-president of Brooklyn Animal Action, an animal rescue non-profit.
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