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Senior Fellow, World Policy Institute, New York

Berlin Prize Fellow - Class of Fall 2002

Belinda Cooper is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute in New York, where she directs the program Turkey: Democratization, Human Rights and Security. She is also an adjunct professor at New York University’s Global Affairs Program. An expert on human rights and international and transitional justice, Cooper is the editor of War Crimes: The Legacy of Nuremberg, which explores the interconnections between the Nuremberg tribunal and today’s international courts. She has taught at Humboldt University in Berlin, The New School, Brooklyn College, Seton Hall Law School, and Ohio Northern University Law School.


Cooper lived in Berlin from 1987-1994, working with members of the East German opposition before the fall of the Berlin Wall and following subsequent developments in Germany and Eastern Europe. She has written for a wide variety of publications in both the United States and Germany. She is also a translator of German scholarly books and articles and worked as a translator on the case of Turkish-German Guantanamo detainee Murat Kurnaz.


Cooper has led human rights fact-finding missions and coauthored reports on domestic violence in Armenia, Uzbekistan, and Tanzania.


She holds a BA in History from Yale College and received her JD from Yale Law School.

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