Marjorie Cohn

Author and Professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law


Marjorie Cohn is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, where she teaches criminal law and procedure, evidence and international human rights law.

A former president of the National Lawyers Guild, she is deputy secretary general of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and the U.S. representative to the executive council of the American Association of Jurists. She is also on the board of the U.S. Human Rights Network, the Society of American Law Teachers and the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign.

Professor Cohn is the author of Cowboy Republic: Six Ways the Bush Gang Has Defied the Law. She is the co-author of Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent and Cameras in the Courtroom: Television and the Pursuit of Justice. Her most recent book is The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration and Abuse. She is working on her next book, Murder by Drones and Targeted Killing.

Professor Cohn's columns about human rights and U.S. foreign policy have appeared in Common Dreams, Counterpunch, Global Research, the Huffington Post, MWC News, Oped News, Portside and Truthout, and are archived at She also provides frequent political commentary for local, regional, national and international media.

In 2008, Professor Cohn testified before the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties about the Bush administration's torture policy. She testifies at courts-martial about the illegality of the wars, the duty to obey lawful orders and the duty to disobey unlawful orders. She is the 2008 recipient of the Peace Scholar of the Year Award from the Peace and Justice Studies Association, and has received numerous other awards.


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