Over the summer, Michael Scharf, associate dean for legal studies and John Deaver Drinko – Baker and Hostetler Professor of Law, traveled to Libya to present on workshops on transitional justice in Tripoli, Misrata, Zawiya and Zuwara. During his work, from July 10 to 20, Scharf met with alumnus Farhat Gannon (LAW ’11), who is serving as the investigative judge in the case of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the highest-ranking member of the former regime currently in custody.
In addition, he participated in the Delhousie Marine Piracy Project Experts Meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia, from July 25 to 27.
To kick off the semester, on Aug. 27, Scharf moderated a historic panel consisting of all of the chief prosecutors of the International Criminal Tribunals at the International Humanitarian Dialogues 2012 conference, held at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y.
In September, at the invitation of Danish Ambassador Thomas Winkler, chairman of the United Nations Contact Group on Piracy Off the Coast of Somalia, Scharf led a discussion about child piracy at the meeting of the UN Contact Group at the Danish Foreign Ministry. About 150 delegates attended the meeting.
Then, on Sept. 24, Scharf gave the welcome address and moderated the Q&A for the 2012 Town Hall of Cleveland event at the Ohio Theatre, featuring Steve Russell, author of The Hunt and Capture of Saddam Hussein.