Image of Michael Scharf with Bill Schabas and Mark Ellis
Michael Scharf with Bill Schabas (left) and Mark Ellis

Next broadcast of Talking Foreign Policy examines art, diplomacy and international law

Case Western Reserve University School of Law Co-Dean Michael Scharf hosts a panel of international law experts—including the director of the International Bar Association, an International Truth commissioner—to discuss art, diplomacy and accountability in the next Talking Foreign Policy radio broadcast at 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7.

Scharf, director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center, created and hosts Talking Foreign Policy, a program produced by Case Western Reserve University and WCPN ideastream, FM 90.3. It is a one-hour broadcast quarterly. The live stream is available at

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Panelists are: Mark Ellis, director of the International Bar Association; former International Truth Commissioner Bill Schabas; Paul Williams, president of the Public International Law & Policy Group; Milena Sterio, associate dean of Cleveland Marshall College of Law; and Shannon French, director of Case Western Reserve’s Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence.

“Anyone who has seen Monuments Men, starring George Clooney, or Woman in Gold, with Helen Mirren, knows that efforts to return stolen art is the fodder for great films,” Scharf said. “But, today, even more compelling stories at the intersection of art and international law are unfolding across the globe.”

For example, the international community is struggling with how to deal with ISIS and its trail of destruction of ancient cultural treasures, he said.  Meanwhile, countries are locked in heated disputes about repatriation of famous artworks, ranging from the Parthenon sculptures, known as the Elgin Marbles, to the relics of Machu Picchu.

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