Furman Scholars and Fellows in International Law
Modeled on graduate-level programs in the arts and sciences, Furman Academic Scholarships are awarded to a select group of students who have a special interest in becoming legal academics, and who show particular promise in achieving this goal. For more information, visit the NYU School of Law Admissions website. A few of the Furman Scholars with particular international law interrests are listed here.
Former Furman Scholars
Joanna received an M. Phil in International Relations from Balliol College, Oxford, where she studied as a Commonwealth Scholar and worked for the Global Economic Governance Program. Her research at Oxford focused on the role of the World Trade Organization in governing regional trade agreements. She has worked at the WTO (where she helped to implement the Transparency Mechanism for regional trade agreements) and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, as well as on trade-related projects for the Commonwealth Secretariat and Munk Centre of International Studies at the University of Toronto. At Oxford, Joanna also co-founded the G8 Research Group – Oxford, a fifty-person research team dedicated to monitoring the G8’s commitments on climate change. In 2006, Joanna graduated from the University of Toronto with a Joint Specialist in Philosophy and Political Science in 2006, where she studied on a Millennium Scholarship. As a Furman and IILJ Scholar, Joanna pursued her interest in legal theory and global governance.
The Furman Fellowship enables NYU Law graduates to return to the Law School for one or two years, in preparation for the academic job market.
Former Furman Fellows
Margaret K. Lewis
Maggie Lewis, Furman Fellow 2007-8, focused on criminal justice issues in Greater China. She previously worked as a Research Fellow at NYU’s U.S.-Asia Law Institute. Prior to joining NYU in September 2005, Ms. Lewis served as a law clerk for Judge M. Margaret McKeown on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from NYU in 2003. While in law school, Maggie spent a semester at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Germany. Following graduation, she worked at the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York City. Maggie received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Columbia University and also studied at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies in Nanjing, China. From 1998 to 2000, she worked as a legal assistant in the Beijing office of Coudert Brothers LLP. Her publications have appeared in the New York University Law Review, the Asian Journal of Criminology, and China Rights Forum. After graduation, Maggie was Senior Research Fellow at NYU’s U.S.-Asia Law Institute from 2008-2009 and is now Associate Professor at Seton Hall University School of Law.
Harlan Cohen, Furman Fellow 2005-07, JD '03, came to NYU after completing a Masters degree in History at Yale. While completing his JD he published a prize-winning article on the American tradition in international law, in the Yale Journal of International Law, as well as a Note in the NYU Law Review. He has more recently published comment on recent US Supreme Court decisions relating to international law in the Berkeley Journal of International Law. His current project develops a new theory of opinio juris in relation to treaties. He is an Assistant Professor in the University of Georgia School of Law.