Avidan Y. Cover, JD

Professor of Law
School of Law
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
School of Law
Institute for Global Security Law and Policy
Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
School of Law

Avidan Y. Cover is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Professor of Law, and Director of the Institute for Global Security Law & Policy at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Cover currently teaches International Law; International Human Rights Law; and a Race, Law and Society seminar. Cover’s scholarship focuses on human rights, civil rights and national security law. He has appeared in numerous news media, including The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, CSPAN, FOX News and Court TV.

Cover was a Fulbright Scholar from 2018 to 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya where he taught international criminal law and legal theory at Strathmore Law School and researched refugee and security issues. Prior to his appointment at Case Western Reserve University, Cover taught at the Seton Hall University School of Law, where he supervised the Urban Revitalization Project in Newark, New Jersey. In addition, he was a Gibbons Public Interest and Constitutional Law Fellow from 2007 to 2009 during which time he litigated prisoner’s rights, same-sex marriage, national security and education cases in federal and state court. Cover also served as senior counsel in Human Rights First’s Law and Security Program where he researched and analyzed U.S. military and intelligence agencies’ interrogation and detention policies and practices. 

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Teaching Information

Courses Taught

LAWS 1931 Race, Law and Society
LAWS 2002 Constitutional Law
LAWS 4104 International Law
LAWS 4714 Essential Legal Theory
LAWS 5116 International Human Rights
LAWS 5121 International Criminal Law and Procedure
LAWS 6051 Civil Rights, Human Rights and Immigration Clinic


Juris Doctorate
Cornell Law School
Bachelor of Arts
Princeton University