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About Michael D. Cooper, Esq.

Engaged in the human rights and humanitarian relief field for more than twenty years, Michael Cooper has served with several leading agencies, including the International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Médecins du Monde, Human Rights Watch, the Roosevelt Institute, and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. His humanitarian relief work has taken him to such diverse places as Albania, Kosovo, Chiapas (Mexico), Mongolia, China, Iraq, and Iran. He also served as a Special Assistant in the Obama Administration, working on legal issues related to protection of federal facilities against terrorist attack. Michael studied in Norway at the Peace Research Institute of Oslo and has a Masters in Global Policy and Conflict Resolution from New York University. He is a Public Interest Law Scholar at the Georgetown University Law Center, from which he received his J.D., as well as a Certificate in Refugees and Humanitarian Emergencies. Michael is an attorney admitted to practice in the State of New York and in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.


Present Georgetown University Law Center, Georgetown University
Present Managing Director, The Ploughshare Group, LLC
Present Public Interest Law Scholar, Georgetown University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Public Interest Law Scholar, Georgetown University Law Center

Contact Information

511 Avenue of the Americas, #384
New York, NY 10011
Phone: +1 (646) 415-9418


Human Rights (3)

Asylum and Migration Law and Policy (2)

United Nations (1)

Humanitarian Affairs (2)