Visiting Assistant Professor of Law
Ph.D., UC Berkeley
J.D., Berkeley Law
M.A., UC Berkeley
M.Phil., Cambridge University
B.A., Temple University
Dr. Stephen Smith Cody is an expert in legal procedure and a leading empirical researcher on human rights. Cody uses social science to understand the experiences of victims and vulnerable witnesses in criminal trials. His work promotes greater accountability for atrocity crimes — war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. His recent research focuses on victim participation in international criminal proceedings, the collection and use of electronic evidence in war crime trials, and the protection of witnesses at the International Criminal Court.
Prior to joining McGeorge, Cody directed the Atrocity Response Program at the Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he designed and managed research on the International Criminal Court. With support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the National Science Foundation, he has conducted fieldwork in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, the Netherlands, and northern Uganda. His interviews with hundreds of atrocity crime survivors have helped determine how best to prepare, support, and protect victims and witnesses who testify against perpetrators of mass violence.
Cody’s scholarship combines legal analysis and empirical methodologies — including computer-based coding, semi-structured interviews, and statistical analysis. He has authored reports and academic publications on various topics in human rights and international criminal law and served as an expert consultant on victim participation and witness protection at the International Criminal Court.
Cody earned a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from Berkeley Law. As a Fulbright Scholar, he also received an M.Phil. in social anthropology at Cambridge University. Cody graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Temple University, where he was named a Truman Scholar in 2000. He clerked for the senior judges of the District of Columbia Superior Court. When Cody begins his legal teaching career at McGeorge in August 2016, he will bring his experiences and legal expertise on human rights into the classroom to teach civil procedure, criminal law, and international criminal law.