Neil B. Cohen teaches courses in domestic and international commercial law, contracts, and constitutional law. For two decades, Professor Cohen has been a key participant in major domestic and international law reform projects with respect to commercial transactions. He was the Reporter for Revised Article 1 of the Uniform Commercial Code and for the American Law Institute's Restatement of the Law of Suretyship and Guaranty; in honor of his accomplishments as Reporter for the Restatement, he was named as the Institute’s R. Ammi Cutter Reporter. Professor Cohen currently serves as the Director of Research of the Permanent Editorial Board for the Uniform Commercial Code. He is a Fellow and Regent of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and an adviser for the American Law Institute's Principles of the Law of Software Contracts. In addition he has been a member of several drafting committees for revising various articles of the UCC.
Professor Cohen has been active since 1995 in the modernization, harmonization, and internationalization of the law governing secured credit, serving as a member of United States delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law for its work on harmonizing and modernizing the law of secured credit and as an Observer for the work of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (Unidroit) in its development of principles for international contracts. In 2009, he was named to the United States Department of State’s Advisory Committee on Private International Law. He was formerly a professor of law at Seton Hall University School of Law and has served as a visiting professor at Columbia Law School in 1994 and 2009.
Professor Cohen is a well-known lecturer on contract and commercial law issues and is a co-author of one of the leading contracts casebooks. He has published numerous law review articles in the field of commercial law, and has also written in areas as diverse as bankruptcy, medical malpractice, probability and statistics, and baseball and the law.