Nobel Peace Prize Nominee to Speak at Ohio Wesleyan University

Michael P. Scharf to Discuss ‘Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis’ at Free Oct. 29 Event
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Michael P. Scharf. (Photo courtesy of Case Western Reserve University School of Law)

DELAWARE, OHIO – Nobel Peace Prize nominee and Case Western Reserve University law professor Michael P. Scharf will discuss “Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis” when he delivers Ohio Wesleyan University’s 2012 Corinne Lyman Lecture on International Studies.

Scharf will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Benes Rooms inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The event is free and open to the public.

Scharf was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 along with the Public International Law and Policy Group, a non-governmental organization that he co-founded, for their efforts to help prosecute major war criminals such as Slobodan Milosevic, Charles Taylor, and Saddam Hussein. From October 2004 to March 2005, he helped to train the judges and prosecutors of the Iraqi Special Tribunal.

Currently, Scharf is a professor of law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland.

He has written more than 50 scholarly articles and seven books, including “Balkan Justice,” which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998; “The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda,” which earned the American Society of International Law’s Certificate of Merit for the Outstanding book in International Law in 1999; and “Peace with Justice,” which won the International Association of Penal Law Book of the Year Award for 2003.

Scharf’s commentary pieces have been published by The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, and International Herald Tribune. He also has appeared on “ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings,” “Nightline” with Ted Koppel, “The O’Reilly Factor,” “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” “The Charlie Rose Show,” the BBC’s “The World,” CNN, and National Public Radio.

During the first President Bush and the Clinton administrations, Scharf served in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, where he serves in the roles 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.

Scharf’s Ohio Wesleyan presentation is sponsored by the International Studies Program through the Corinne Lyman Lecture Series on International Studies. The lecture series honors Lyman, Ph.D., a retired professor of politics and government who was instrumental in creating Ohio Wesleyan’s International Studies Program in 1979. She served as the program chair until her retirement in 1999.


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