International Affairs

Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis: The Role of International Law and the State Department Legal Adviser

Michael Scharf; Paul Williams

About the Program

Michael Scharf and Paul Williams talk about the impact of international law on the decision-making process at the State Department.  The co-authors spoke to ten former U.S. State Department legal advisers, going back to the Carter administration, to find out how big a role international law played in determining their responses during times of international crises.  Prof. Scharf and Prof. Williams spoke at  Joseph Beth Booksellers in Lyndhurst, Ohio.      

About the Authors

Michael Scharf

Michael Scharf is a professor and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western University.  He worked in the State Department's Office of the Legal Adviser from 1989 to 1993.  He is the co-author of Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein


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Paul Williams

Paul Williams is a professor of law and international relations at American University.  He previously served in the State Department's Office of the Legal Advisor for European and Canadian Affairs.  He is the co-author, with Michael Scharf, of Peace with Justice? War Crimes and Accountability in the Former Yugoslavia.     


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Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis: The Role of International Law and the State Department Legal Adviser

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