International Law in the Trump Administration

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Louis C. Greenwood Lecture Series
CWRU Law Downtown at the City Club

1 hour of CLE credit has been approved

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Video: International Law in the Trump Administration

Event Description

Michael Scharf, former State Department official and current Co-Dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, will discuss "international law and the Trump administration" at the CWRU "Case Downtown" presentation at the Cleveland City Club. Mr. Scharf will frame the discussion by addressing the provocative statement by a Republican former high level Bush administration official, who recently said: “We are witnessing the beginning of the greatest presidential onslaught on international law and international institution in American history.” The presentation will examine both President Trump's unique process and approach for addressing foreign policy issues, as well as discuss specific issues where there have been perceived major changes -- from trade law to national security, from human rights to global warming. This presentation will be especially relevant for attorneys working in international law, foreign policy, trade, human rights and national security.

Speaker Information

Michael Scharf Dean of the Law School, Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, and host of "Talking Foreign Policy," a radio program broadcast on WCPN 90.3 FM (Cleveland's NPR station). In addition, he serves as 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 100 scholarly articles and 17 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 last three books have been published by Cambridge University Press. 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 continues to teach International Law and was ranked as 17th most cited author in the field since 2010 by the Lieter study, issued in June 2016.

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Event Location

The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Michael P. Scharf

Michael Scharf
Co-Dean CWRU School of Law, Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, Joseph C. Hostetler Professor of Law


Free and open to the public
Online registration available or register at the door


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