Summer Institute for Global Justice
Summer Institute for Global Justice
Summer Institute for Global Justice

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Distinguished Visiting Jurist David Crane "Distinguished Visiting Jurist" David Crane is Distinguished Professor of Practice at Syracuse University College of Law and a regular and very popular guest professor at the Summer Institute. He was founding Chief Prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone from 2002 to 2005. During his tenure, he indicted Charles Taylor, then President of Liberia. Prior to his service with the Special Court, Prof. Crane served in various capacities in the U.S. federal government, including Director of the Office of Intelligence Review and Inspector General of the Department of Defense. He received his law degree from Syracuse and his Masters in African Studies from Ohio University.

Co-Director of the Summer Institute, Michael Scharf, is the John Deaver Drinko-Baker & Hostetler Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Global Legal Studies at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Scharf serves as producer and host of the radio program, "Talking Foreign Policy," on WCPN 90.3 FM ideastream ( He is also 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, and in 2004 he helped train the Iraqi judges for the trial of Saddam Hussein. He has also led USAID sponsored projects related to transitional justice in Uganda, Cote d'Ivoire, and Libya.

During the 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. Scharf has authored fourteen books - three of which have won national book of the year awards.

Annette Ruth Appell is a Professor of Law at Washington University Law School where she directs the Civil Justice Clinic Children and Family Defense Project. An expert in child advocacy, adoption, clinical legal education, and child welfare, she served as the inaugural Associate Dean for Washington University Law School's Clinical Education Program from 2008-2011. Before joining the faculty she taught at University of Nevada Law, University of South Carolina law School, and Northwestern University Law School. She has taught Children and the Law, Child Welfare Clinic, Constitutional Law, and Civil Procedure. Before joining the academy, she practiced law in Chicago with Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal; Meites, Frackman, Mulder, Burger & Mollica; and at the Office of the Public Guardian of Cook County as an attorney and guardian-ad-litem.

Kathleen Clark, John S. Lehmann Research Professor of Law, is the Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute's Principles of Government Ethics and a Consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States. She recently served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of the District of Columbia, providing advice on issues of ethics and transparency. Her extensive academic work on government ethics and corruption has been cited in hundreds of books and articles and she has led ethics workshops in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. A graduate of Yale Law School and Yale College, Clark clerked for Judge Harold H. Greene, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, where she worked on issues of white-collar crime.

Craig Allen Nard is the Tom J.E. and Bette Lou Walker Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Law, Technology & the Arts and the FUSION program at Case Western Reserve University ( He is also a Senior Lecturer at the World Intellectual Property Organization Academy in Torino, Italy and serves as Principal Advisor to the Center for Studies and Research in Intellectual Property in Calcutta, India. Mr. Nard is widely published in the area of patent law, with scholarly articles appearing in many of the most prominent law journals. He is also the author of a leading patent law casebook, The Law of Patents, and a co-author of The Law of Intellectual Property; and is currently working on book for Oxford University Press entitled, The Common Law of Patents in the Age of Reform. Prior to entering the legal academy, Mr. Nard clerked for the Honorable Giles S. Rich and Helen W. Nies of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. and, before that, was a patent litigator in Dallas, Texas. He is a member of the Texas bar, and is licensed to practice before the United States Patent & Trademark Office.

Dr. Aisling Parkes is a member of the Law Faculty of University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, where she received her B.C.L in 2000, LL.M. in 2001, and Ph.D. in 2007. Dr. Parkes has worked as a researcher on a number of different projects in areas involving national and international children's rights issues, including with UNICEF at the Innocenti Research Centre in Florence, Italy. Her forthcoming book, Children and Human Rights Law: The Right of the Child to be Heard, is being published by Routledge-Cavendish in 2013. Dr. Parkes actively contributes to media and is a member of the Child Care Proceedings Research Group, UCC.

Tom Zwart, Co-Director of the Summer Institute, is Professor of Law at Utrecht University, and Director of the Netherlands School of Human Rights Research, a joint initiative of the faculties of law of several Dutch universities. He was formerly Dean of Graduate Studies, and LL.M. Director of the Utrecht University Law School. A leading authority in the field of comparative law and the internationalization of public law, he has been a visiting scholar at a number of law schools around the world. Prof. Zwart served as Head of the European and Legal Affairs Department of the Dutch Home Office from 1993 to 1997. As such, he acted as counsel to the Dutch Deputy Prime Minister, the Council of Ministers of the European Communities in Brussels, and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

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    Important Dates for the Summer Institute
    April 1, 2013
    Application deadline
    Within 2 weeks of notification of acceptance, tuition deposit due
    June 1, 2013
    Balance of tuition due
    June 1, 2013
    Hotel check-in; hotel fee due
    June 2, 2013
    Orientation and welcoming session
    June 3-June 21, 2013
    First session classes
    June 24-July 12, 2013
    Second session classes
    July 13, 2013
    Hotel check-out and departure