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Associated Press provides extensive coverage of Prof. Scharf’s push for a Syrian War Crimes Court

Oct 18, 2013
Michael Scharf, Associate Dean for Global Legal Studies; John Deaver Drinko - Baker and Hostetler Professor of Law, has been leading a group of international war crimes experts in drafting a plan to create a Syrian War Crimes Court to push the issue of accountability for war crimes such as the August 21 use of chemical weapons in Syria. After showing the Associated Press a draft copy of the draft statues, Prof. Scharf told the AP, “We believe it's playing a role in closed-door discussions throughout the U.S. government.”

Prof. Scharf quoted in AP article about conviction of former Liberian president Charles Taylor

Oct 11, 2013
Michael Scharf, Associate Dean for Global Legal Studies; John Deaver Drinko - Baker and Hostetler Professor of Law, was quoted in an Associated Press story regarding the conviction of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. In discussing the precedent set by the Appeals Judgment in the Charles Taylor war crimes trial, Prof. Scharf said the ruling "righted the ship" after the Yugoslav court had made prosecuting leaders who support rebels much more difficult.

Michael Scharf participates in video panel discussion with Huffington Post about Syria

Sep 5, 2013
Associate Dean Michael Scharf joined international law experts from around the country for a discussion on Huffpost Live regarding the ongoing situation in Syria. Professor Scharf and other participants analyzed the legality of a potential U.S. attack on Syria and the legitimacy of such an attack.

Professor Scharf interviewed on NPR regarding legality of potential U.S. bombing of Syria

Aug 29, 2013
Associate Dean Michael Scharf was interviewed on PRI's "The World," broadcast nationally on NPR on August 28, 2013, in a segment analyzing the legality of U.S. bombing Syria over use of chemical weapons.

Noted International Prosecutor joins the Case Faculty

Aug 1, 2013
Jim Johnson, who served as Chief of Prosecutions at the Special Court for Sierra Leone from 2006-2012, has joined Case Western Reserve's faculty as an adjunct professor. Professor Johnson is also President of the Robert H. Jackson Center in Jamestown, New York. He will be co-teaching the War Crimes Research Lab at Case. Since its launch in 2003, students enrolled in the Lab have produced more than 300 research memos on issues assigned by several international criminal tribunals.
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