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Rebecca Richman Cohen

Lecturer on Law


Rebecca Richman Cohen
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Rebecca Richman Cohen is an Emmy Award nominated documentary filmmaker and has been a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School since 2011. Rebecca was profiled in Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces in Independent Film as an “up-and-comer poised to shape the next generation of independent film.” Her films have won awards at film festivals including SXSW and Tribeca and have been broadcast on platforms including HBO, Amazon, Netflix, NBC/Peacock, Public Television, Sundance/AMC, and Al Jazeera. She has taught classes at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), American University’s Human Rights Institute, and most recently at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights. She was a 2012 Soros Justice Fel­low, a 2015 Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, a 2019 fellow at Harvard’s Film Study Center, and a 2022 Nieman Visiting Fellow. Rebecca graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and with a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. 


  • B.A. Portguese and Brazilian Studies Brown University, 2002
  • J.D. Harvard Law School, 2007

Board Memberships

  • Board member, New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map) (2015 - 2017)
    New York, New York

Honors and Awards

  • Emmy Nomination (Awards)
    Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story - War Don Don, 2011
  • CINE Golden Eagle Award (Awards)
    Investigative Reporting - Code of the West, 2013
  • Hugo Munsterberg Award for Psychology of Human Nature in Cinema (Awards)
    April 2011
  • Best Film Award, Festival International du Film des Droits de L’Homme (Awards)
    Investigative Report Jury - War Don Don, 2010
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival, New York (Awards)
    Cinereach Award, June 2010
  • Taiwan International Documentary Festival (Awards)
    First Merit Prize, October 2010
  • SXSW (Awards)
    Special Jury Award, March 2010