Michael P. Scharf

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Michael P. Scharf "is Professor of Law and Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

"After graduating from Duke University Magna Cum Laude with distinction in Political Science and from Duke Law School with High Honors/Order of the Coif, Scharf clerked for Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat on the Eleventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals.

"During the first 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 Counsel to the Counter-Terrorism Bureau, Attorney-Adviser for Law Enforcement and Intelligence, Attorney-Adviser for United Nations Affairs, and delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. In 1993, he was awarded the State Department's Meritorious Honor Award "in recognition of superb performance and exemplary leadership."

"Prior to joining the faculty of Case Western Reserve, Scharf served as Professor of Law and Director of the Center for International Law and Policy at New England School of Law, and as a visiting professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University), the University of Paris X, the National University of Ireland in Galway, and the Australian National University in Canberra. He teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, public international law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, the law of international organizations, and international human rights law.

"Scharf is the author of over forty scholarly articles and seven books, including Balkan Justice, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998, The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which was awarded the American Society of International Law's Certificate of Merit for the Outstanding book in International Law in 1999, Peace with Justice, which won the International Association of Penal Law Book of the Year Award for 2003, and casebooks on The Law of International Organizations and International Criminal Law.

"Scharf has testified as an expert before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee; his Op Eds have been published by the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, and International Herald Tribune; he has appeared as a commentator on ABC News (Nightline with Ted Koppel), Fox News (The O'Reilly Factor), PBS (The Charlie Rose Show), CNN, Court TV, the BBC's The World, and National Public Radio (Morning Edition).

"Scharf has served as Chairman of the District of Columbia Bar's International Law Section, the American Bar Association's International Institutions Committee, and the American Society of International Law's International Organizations Committee. He is currently President of the American National Section of the International Association of Penal Law; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Law Students Association, a member of the Executive Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association, member of the Board of Directors of the International Legal Assistance Consortium, and Executive Director of the Public International Law & Policy Group." [1]

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  1. Managing Board, Public International Law & Policy Group, accessed August 26, 2008.