Institute for Global Security Law and Policy
Institute for Global Security Law and Policy

Case Western Reserve University School of Law

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Professor of Law and Director, Institute for Global Security Law and Policy

Professor Richard Gordon teaches courses on corporate governance, financial sector regulation, money laundering and terrorism financing, and international and comparative taxation. Prior to coming to CWRU, Gordon practiced law at Dewey Ballantine (now Dewey & LeBoeuf) in Washington and taught at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, where he was a visiting lecturer in the law faculty, and the Harvard Law School, where he was Deputy Director of the International Tax Program. While at Harvard Mr. Gordon completed extensive field work on law and development in both Indonesia and India and advised the government of Indonesia on the reform of tax, company, and securities laws. After leaving Harvard Gordon joined the staff of the International Monetary Fund where he was both Senior Counsel and Senior Financial Sector Expert, and where he worked on a wide variety of issues, including governance, debt restructuring, financial integrity, and taxation. Following the attacks of September 11, 2001 he was appointed to the select IMF Task Force on Terrorism Finance and was a principal author of the report on the role of the IMF and World Bank in countering terrorism finance and money laundering. He is a principal author of the book Tax Law Design and Drafting (2001) and the author of numerous scholarly articles and book chapters. Gordon is currently leading a study of terrorism financing for the U.N. Counter-terrorism Implementation Task Force. Gordon was Visiting Associate Professor of International Studies at Brown University in the spring of 2009 and continues as Adjunct Associate Professor.

Assistant Professor of Law and Associate Director, Institute for Global Security Law and Policy
Avidan Y. Cover is Assistant Professor of Law, teaching in the Civil Litigation Clinic in the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center. Professor Cover supervises students in the representation of clients in civil lawsuits primarily in the areas of consumer protection, home repair, predatory lending, tort defense, and housing. Professor Cover’s scholarship focuses on human rights, civil rights and national security law. He has appeared in numerous news media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC, CNN, MSNBC, CSPAN, FOX News, and Court TV.

Associate Dean for Global Legal Studies and John Deaver-Drinko--Baker & Hostetler 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. He received his BA in 1985 and his JD, Order of the Coif, in 1988 from Duke University.

Professor of Law

Robert Strassfeld has written extensively on the legal history of the Vietnam War and on questions of loyalty and dissent during wartime, the rights of military dissenters, congressional and executive war powers, military justice, and extraordinary rendition and torture. Those articles have appeared in the North Carolina and Wisconsin Law Reviews, the Duke Law Journal and the Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law. He is currently writing an article entitled "How to Stop a War." He earned his B.A. from Wesleyan University, an M.A. in History from the University of Rochester, and his J.D. from the University of Virginia. Prior to teaching law, he clerked for Judge Harrison L. Winter of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit and then practiced in Washington, D.C. with the firm of Shea & Gardner. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Chapter of the ACLU. He directed the Institute from 2008-2012.


Adjunct Professor of Law
United States Attorney in the Northern District of Ohio, where he is assigned to the office's National Security Division. Mr. Herdman's work as a federal prosecutor focuses on the investigation and prosecution of terrorism, espionage, and other national security crimes. Previously, Mr. Herdman practiced with the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP in Cleveland and served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City, where he prosecuted a wide range of felonies committed in the borough of Manhattan. He also serves as an intelligence officer in the United States Navy Reserve. Mr. Herdman received a bachelor of arts in economics and international studies from Ohio University, a master of philosophy in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Glasgow, and a juris doctor from Harvard Law School.

Adjunct Professor of Law
Stephen Lynch teaches Formation of Government Contracts (Military Procurement Law). He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Air Force, who currently serves as a legal assistance attorney for U.S. Coast Guard members in the Ninth District of Ohio. He is also a trainer on military law for military legal assistance attorneys and civil legal aid providers. He holds an LLM in Government Procurement from George Washington University.

Adjunct Professor of Law
Gregory P. Noone, PhD, is the Director of the Fairmont State University National Security and IntelligenceProgram and an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Law. He is also a member of the Public International Law and Policy Group and has worked for the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). While at USIP, he received a Special Act Award for his work in Afghanistan. Prof. Noone previously served as a judge advocate in the U.S. Navy. He held various positions in the Navy, including Acting Head of the International Law Branch andthe Foreign Military Rights Affairs Branch in the Navy JAG International and Operational Law Division at the Pentagon. He also served at the Defense Institute of tInternational Legal Studies where he trained senior military, governmental, and non-governmental civilian personnel in over 35 countries. Most notably, he has trained members of the Iraqi National Congress, the post-genocide government in Rwanda, the post-Taliban government in Afghanistan, civil society in the Sudan, and senior members of the Russian government. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Villanova University, an M.A. in International Affairs from Catholic University, his J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, and a PhD in Political Science (International Relations) from West Virginia University.

The National Security Law Society sponsors speakers, debates, and activities, offering the opportunity to explore in depth areas of national and global security