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Targeted Killing, Humanitarian Intervention, and Accelerated Formation of Customary International Law
CWRU Law Downtown Lecture Series
NOV 20, 2013
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue #200
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
CLE Credit
Approved for 1 hour of in-person CLE credit
Is it lawful for the U.S. to use Predator Drones to attack terrorists around the globe? Is it lawful for the U.S. to invade a country without U.N. approval to halt atrocities? CWRU School of Law Associate Dean Michael Scharf addresses these questions in his new book, "Customary International Law in Times of Fundamental Change: Recognizing Grotian Moments" (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He will be discussing and signing copies of his book at the Case Downtown session at the City Club on November 20.
Speaker Information
Michael P. ScharfMichael P. Scharf
Associate Dean for International Legal Studies
Professor of Law

Michael Scharf is the John Deaver Drinko - Baker & Hostetler Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Global Legal Studies, with supervisory responsibility over the international law centers, institutes, and programs at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Scharf is also the host of "Talking Foreign Policy," a radio program broadcast on WCPN 90.3 FM (Cleveland's NPR station). In addition, he serves as President of the International Criminal Law Network and Managing Director of the Public International Law and Policy Group, a Nobel Peace Prize-nominated NGO. During a sabbatical in 2008, Scharf served as Special Assistant to the Prosecutor of the Cambodia Genocide Tribunal. During the elder Bush and Clinton Administrations, Scharf served in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, where he held the positions of Attorney-Adviser for Law Enforcement and Intelligence, Attorney-Adviser for United Nations Affairs, and delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. A graduate of Duke University School of Law (Order of the Coif and High Honors), and judicial clerk to Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat on the Eleventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, Scharf is the author of over seventy scholarly articles and fourteen books, including "The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda" which was awarded the American Society of International Law's Certificate of Merit for outstanding book in 1999, and "Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein," which won the International Association of Penal Law's book of the year award for 2009. His latest book is "Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis: The Role of International Law and the State Department Legal Adviser" (Cambridge University Press, 2010). A past recipient of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law Alumni Association's "Distinguished Teacher Award" and Ohio Magazine's "Excellence in Education Award," Scharf teaches International Law, International Criminal Law, the Law of International Organizations, and the War Crimes Research Lab.

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