Mathilde Cohen

Professor of Law
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Office: Hosmer 207
  • Comparative and European Law
  • Constitutional Law
  • Courts and Judges
  • Food Law
  • Jurisprudence

Mathilde Cohen works in the fields of jurisprudence, comparative law, constitutional law, food law, and gender and law. Her work is cross-disciplinary, spanning a variety of subjects, including deliberative democracy, judicial decision-making, and the gendering and racialization of food.

Much of Professor Cohen’s published work has focused on the way in which courts of last resort, domestic or international, make and justify their decisions. This research has been supported with a grant from Droit et Justice, the French Ministry of Justice’s research unit. Currently, Professor Cohen is studying the way in which the United States and France regulate milk, both animal and human. She is conducting fieldwork in both countries to uncover the deep similarities between the two kinds of milk as well as the legal, economic, and political issues raised by milk production and consumption. In 2015, she received the Hessel Yntema Prize from the American Society of Comparative Law for the “most outstanding” article by a scholar under 40 appearing in the previous year’s volume of the American Journal of Comparative Law.

A graduate of the École Normale Supérieure and the Sorbonne in Paris, where she received undergraduate and graduate degrees in law and philosophy, Professor Cohen earned her LL.M. and J.S.D. as a Fulbright Scholar at Columbia Law School. While at Columbia, she was named a James Kent Scholar and served as the head articles editor for the Columbia Journal of European Law. Before joining the UConn faculty in 2012, Professor Cohen was an associate-in-law at Columbia Law and a research fellow at the French Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

Mathilde CohenJudicial Diversity in France: The Unspoken and the Unspeakable, 43 Law & Soc. Inquiry (2018). 

Mathilde CohenRegulating Milk. Women and Cows in France and the United States, 65 Am. J. Comp. L. 469 (2017).

Mathilde CohenMaking Milk. The Past, Present and Future of Our Primary Food (co-edited with Yoriko Otomo, Bloomsbury, 2017).

Mathilde Cohen, The Right to Food, in Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law (2017).

Mathilde CohenOf Milk and the Constitution, 40  Harv. J.L. Gender 115 (2017).

Mathilde CohenThe Linguistic Design of Multinational Courts. The French Capture, 14 Int’l J. Const. L. 498 (2016).

Mathilde Cohen, When Judges Have Reasons Not to Give Reasons—A Comparative Law Approach, 72 Wash. & Lee L. Rev. 483 (2015).

Recent Faculty Notes
Mathilde Cohen Speaks on Art Exhibit Panel
Jun 5, 2018 -

Professor Mathilde Cohen served as a panelist in a discussion of the exhibit "Please Touch: Body Boundaries, Conversation" on June 2, 2018, at the Mana Contemporary cultural center in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Mathilde Cohen Speaks on Food Systems Panel
Feb 27, 2018 -

Professor Mathilde Cohen spoke on a panel entitled "Making Milk. The Past, Present and Future of Our Primary Food" at the 5th Annual Yale Food Systems Symposium at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut, on February 23, 2018.

Recent In The Media
Mathilde Cohen in Epeak World News: The Challenging and Realities of Breastfeeding at an Art Fair (Aug 1, 2018)