Distinguished Professor of Law and Global Affairs
Jean-Marc Coicaud
Rutgers Law School
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Jean-Marc Coicaud joined Rutgers University in the fall of 2011. He is a Distinguished Professor of Law and Global Affairs.  In 2015 Dr. Coicaud was elected a member to the European Academy of Arts and Sciences (Academia Europaea).

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Jean-Marc Coicaud joined Rutgers University in the fall of 2011. He is a Distinguished Professor of Law and Global Affairs, Rutgers School of Law.

At Rutgers Jean-Marc Coicaud teaches students from the School of Law, the Global Affairs Graduate Program (which he directed from 2011 to 2016), and undergraduates. He offers courses on international law, human rights, international organizations, the United Nations, comparative law, comparative jurisprudence, and comparative international legal regimes.

In 2015 Dr. Coicaud was elected a member to the European Academy of Sciences (Academia Europaea). Since 2018 he is a Distinguished Chair Professor at Fudan Institute for Advanced Study in Social Sciences, Fudan University (Shanghai, China). In addition, he is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with the Centro Internacional de Globalización y Desarrollo (CIGLOB) (Santiago, Chile).

Jean-Marc Coicaud holds a Doctorat d’État in Legal and Political Theory from the Institut d’Études Politiques of Paris and a Ph.D. in Political Science-Law from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He was an Arthur Sachs Scholar and a Lavoisier Scholar at Harvard University, where he studied as a fellow from 1986 to 1992, at the Center for International Affairs, Department of Philosophy, and Harvard Law School. Dr. Coicaud also holds a Master degree in Law (Public Law) from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy, literature, and linguistics. Jean-Marc Coicaud is a native French speaker and is fluent in Spanish. He also studied Mandarin at National Taiwan Normal University (advanced level). His other languages are Italian, Portuguese, and some Japanese.

Prior to joining Rutgers, he served as the Director of the United Nations University (UNU) Office at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City from 2003 to 2011. From 1996 to 2003, he was Senior Academic Officer and Director of Studies at the UNU Headquarters in Tokyo, leading international research projects in the fields of international law, international organizations, human rights, international ethics, and international relations. Prior to joining UNU, from 1992 to 1996, he served in the Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General (UN Headquarters) as a speechwriter for Dr. Boutros Boutros-Ghali. In the spring of 1996, he also served as an advisor in the Guatemalan Office of the UN Department of Political Affairs. Dr. Coicaud has held appointments such as Cultural Attaché with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Legislative Aide with the European Parliament (Financial Committee).

During the 2017-2018 academic year, while on sabbatical from Rutgers School of Law, Jean-Marc Coicaud was a Distinguished Fudan Scholar at Fudan Institute for Advanced Study in Social Sciences, Fudan University (Shanghai, China). In the spring of 2013, he served as the Roberta Buffett Visiting Professor of International and Comparative Studies at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL, USA). He has also been a Visiting Professor at the École Normale Supérieure-Ulm (Paris, France), Chuo Law School (Tokyo, Japan), and the Inter American University of Puerto Rico School of Law (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and has taught at the New School for Social Research (New York City, NY, USA). In addition, he has been a Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (Washington, D.C., USA), a Global Research Fellow at New York University School of Law (New York, NY, USA), and a Visiting Scholar at the School of Public Policy and Management of Tsinghua University (Beijing, China). Finally, he has been a Visiting Scholar at the Institutum Iurisprudentiae and Center for Political Thought (Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences) of the Academia Sinica, and Taiwan National University College of Law (Taipei, Taiwan).

Jean-Marc Coicaud has published 16 books (single-authored, co-authored and co-edited) and over 100 chapters and articles in the fields of legal and political theory, international law, international relations, and comparative politics. His books are available in English, French, Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic and include the following: Conversations on Justice: from National, International and Global Perspectives: Dialogues with Leading Thinkers (with Lynette E. Sieger, Cambridge University Press, 2019); Emotions in International Politics. Beyond Mainstream International Relations (with Yohan Ariffin and Vesselin Popovski, Cambridge University Press, 2016); Fault Lines of International Legitimacy (with Hilary Charlesworth, Cambridge University Press, 2012); Mai Xiang Guo Ji Fa Zhi (Towards the International Rule of Law – Sanlian Shudian, 2008);  Kokuren no Genkai/Kokuren no Mirai (Future of the UN/Limits of the UN – Fujiwara Shoten, 2007);  Beyond the National Interest: the Future of UN Peacekeeping and Multilateralism in an Era of U.S. Primacy (United States Institute of Peace Press, 2007); Legitimacy and Politics: A Contribution to the Study of Political Right and Political Responsibility (Cambridge University Press, 2002); L’introuvable démocratie autoritaire (L’Harmattan,1996).

Dr. Coicaud has lectured extensively throughout the world, including Chile (Naval War Academy), China (Beijing University, Institute of International Law of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University), France (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, École Polytechnique, Institut d’Études Politiques), Hungary (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Italy (European University Institute), Japan (Chuo University, Keio University, Waseda University), Taiwan (Institutum Iurisprudentia/Academia Sinica, National Taiwan Normal University), the United Kingdom (Cambridge University, International Institute for Strategic Studies, Oxford University), and the United States (Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University, Rand Corporation, University of California at Berkeley, University of Southern California, Columbia University, U.S. War College).

Jean-Marc Coicaud serves on the advisory board of Global Policy Journal (London).

Currently, Dr. Coicaud is working on a book entitled International Legitimacy and Global Justice, for which he is under contract with Cambridge University Press.





BOOKS (selection): 


  • “Populisme et la crise de légitimité démocratique – avec quelques références à la France et aux Etats Unis”, in Chantal Delsol, La Démocratie contemporaine en crise (Paris, Ed. Cerf, 2020)
  • “Victim Mentality and Violence: Anatomy of a Relationship”, in Edwin Daniel Jacob (ed.), Rethinking Security in the Twenty First Century, (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

ARTICLES (recent):

  • “Theory of Politics and Political Legitimacy”, in Chinese Political Science Review (Springer, New York, 4 (4), September 2019) (Special Issue)
  • “The Paradoxical Perception of Contemporary Democracy, and the Question of its Future”, in Global Policy Journal ((London, Wiley-Blackwell, Volume 10, Issue 1, February 2019)
  • What the Victim Owes the Victim: on the Victim’s Agency”, in Gregorianum (Roma, Pontifica Universitas Gregoriana, 99/1, 2018)


Courses Taught
  • Rutgers International Law & Human Rights Journal
  • Constitutional Law
  • Ethics
  • Human Rights
  • Interdisciplinary Legal Studies
  • Legal History
  • Society (Law &)
  • Sociology
  • Comparative Law
  • International Law (Public)
  • International Organizations
  • Jurisprudence
  • Philosophy (Law &)