International Affairs

"Customary International Law in Times of Fundamental Change"

Michael Scharf

About the Program

Michael Scharf, who served as an advisor to several war crime and genocide tribunals (Cambodia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Iraq) looks at moments in history when international law, or the interpretation of international law, has evolved rapidly.  He says that we are in the midst of one of those moments regarding the laws that apply to humanitarian interventions and targeted killings.  Prof. Scharf argues that the way the U.S. ends up dealing with Syria will greatly impact how international law will be applied in the future by global actors.  He spoke at the City Club of Cleveland.     

About the Authors

Michael Scharf

Michael Scharf is a professor of law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and is director of the university's Frederick K. Cox International Law Center.  He is also the host of "Talking Foreign Policy" on WCPN 90.3 FM.  Prof. Scharf served in the State Department's Office of the Legal Adviser from 1989 to 1993 and is the co-author of "Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein."   


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"Customary International Law in Times of Fundamental Change"

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  • Monday, December 30th at 1am (ET)
  • Saturday, December 21st at 3:30pm (ET)
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