Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
Frederick K. Cox International Law Center

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
2008 Jessup International Moot Court World Championship Team.

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International Law Faculty

Few law schools in the world have as many full-time faculty members engaged in teaching, research, and the practice of international law.

Michael P. Scharf, Director
In February 2005, Michael Scharf and the Public International Law and Policy Group, a Non-Governmental Organization that he co-founded and Directs, were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by six governments and the Prosecutor of an International Criminal Tribunal for the work they have done to help in the prosecution of major war criminals, such as Slobodan Milosevic, Charles Taylor, and Saddam Hussein. During the first Bush and Clinton Administrations, Scharf served in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, where he held the positions of Attorney-Adviser for Law Enforcement and Intelligence, Attorney-Adviser for United Nations Affairs, and delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. A graduate of Duke University School of Law (Order of the Coif and High Honors), and judicial clerk to Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat on the Eleventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, Scharf is the author of over seventy scholarly articles and thirteen books, including Balkan Justice, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998, The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which was awarded the American Society of International Law's Certificate of Merit for the Outstanding book in International Law in 1999, Peace with Justice, which won the International Association of Penal Law Book of the Year Award for 2003, and Enemy of the State, which won the International Association of Penal Law Book of the Year Award for 2009. Scharf’s most recent book is Shaping Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis (Cambridge University Press, 2010). Scharf has also testified before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Armed Services Committee; and his Op Eds have been published by the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, and International Herald Tribune. Recipient of the Case Western Reserve University School of Law Alumni Association’s 2005 “Distinguished Teacher Award” and Ohio Magazine’s 2007 “Excellence in Education Award,” Scharf teaches International Law, International Criminal Law, the Law of International Organizations, and the War Crimes Research Lab which provides research assistance to five international tribunals. During a sabbatical in 2008, Scharf served as Special Assistant to the Prosecutor of the Cambodia Genocide Tribunal.

Lewis R. Katz
John C. Hutchins Professor, A.B. 1959 (Queens College), J.D. 1963 (Indiana)
Professor Katz is Director of the Master of Laws program in U.S. and Global Legal Studies for foreign lawyers. A criminal justice expert, he has written and lectured internationally on criminal justice issues in the U.S. courts.

Christopher Rassi
Adjunct Professor, B.A. 2000, J.D. 2003, MBA 2003 (Case Western Reserve University)
Professor Rassi teaches the War Crimes Research Lab and serves as Deputy Director of the Cox Center's International War Crimes Research Office. Professor Rassi is also an Associate at the law firm of Thompson Hine LLP. In 2003-2004, he served as law clerk to Judge Weinberg de Roca of the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, and to Justice Y. Mokgoro of the Constitutional Court for South Africa. He is on leave until early 2007, while working as Associate Legal Officer in Chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Jonathan H. Adler
Professor and Director, Center for Business Law and Regulation, B.A. (Yale), J.D. (George Mason)
Professor Adler is Associate Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation. He was clerk to the Honorable David B. Sentelle, Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Prior to law school, he worked as Director of Environmental Studies for the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Focusing on environmental and regulatory policy, he is author or editor of three books, more than eighteen scholarly articles, and articles published in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and National Review. He is a frequent media commentator and lecturer on environmental topics.

Kathleen M. Carrick
Associate Professor, B.A. 1972 (Duquesne), M.L.S. 1973 (Pittsburgh), J.D. 1977 (Cleveland State)
Professor Carrick, Director of the Law Library, is representative to the Women's Interest Network of the American Bar Association Section on International Law and Practice. Her publication, A Comprehensive Bibliography of Legal Education in the U.S., is forthcoming.

Peter B. Friedman
Associate Professor, B.A. 1981 (Brown), J.D. 1984 (Michigan)
Professor Friedman is Director of the Oral Advocacy and Moot Court Program and teaches contracts to foreign lawyers in the Master of Laws (LL.M.) Program in U.S. and Global Legal Studies. He practiced law in New York for eleven years, becoming a partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer, and Feld.

Peter M. Gerhart
Professor, B.A. 1967 (Northwestern), J.D. 1971 (Columbia)
Former dean of the law school, Professor Gerhart teaches International Trade, International Business Transactions, and International Issues in Intellectual Property. He was a visiting scholar at the Centre for European Legal Studies at Cambridge University in England. His textbook on international financial law and policy is forthcoming.

Jessie Hill
Assistant Professor, B.A. 1992 (Brown), J.D. 1999 (Harvard)
Ms. Hill joined the Case faculty in 2003 after practicing First Amendment and civil rights law with the firm of Berkman, Gordon, Murray & DeVan in Cleveland. Before entering private practice, she worked at the Reproductive Freedom Project of the national ACLU office in New York, litigating challenges to state law restrictions on reproductive rights. She also served as law clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In September 2004, Professor Hill traveled to Dubai to train Iraqi lawyers in human civil rights law.

Sharona Hoffman
Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Law and of Bioethics, B.A. 1985 (Wellesley), J.S. 1988 (Harvard), LL.M. 1999 (Houston)
Professor Hoffman is Co-Director of the Law-Medicine Center. She teaches the Health Care and Human Rights seminar. Prior to joining the law faculty in 1999, Professor Hoffman was a Senior Trial Attorney at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Houston, an associate at O’Melveny & Myers in Los Angeles, where she spent much of her time working on the Exxon Valdez oil spill case, and a judicial clerk for U.S. District Judge Douglas W. Hillman of the Western District of Michigan. In 2003, she taught as a visiting professor at University of Melbourne in Australia.

Robert P. Lawry
Professor Emeritus, B.A. 1963 (Fordham), J.D. 1966 (Pennsylvania), Diploma in Law 1967 (Oxford)
Professor Lawry is an expert in legal ethics and jurisprudence and author of a textbook on legal institutions and methods. He is director emeritus of the Center for Professional Ethics.

Kenneth Ledford
Associate Professor of History and Law, B.A. 1975, J.D. 1978 (North Carolina), M.A. 1984, Ph.D. 1989 (Johns Hopkins)
Professor Ledford has a joint appointment with the School of Law and the Department of History. He is a leading scholar on the history of the German legal professions. He teaches European legal history, European legal professions, and European Union law. He was in Germany as a Fulbright Senior Research Fellow.

Judith P. Lipton
Professor, B.S. 1971, M.S.S.W. 1972 (Wisconsin), J.D. 1979 (Connecticut)
Professor Lipton was a social worker and a Legal Aid attorney. She helped establish the J.D./M.S.S.A. dual degree program and teaches Family Law and clinical courses. Her research focuses on interdisciplinary strategies for addressing domestic violence and the health needs of urban children.

Louise W. McKinney
Professor, B.A. 1973 (Heidelberg College), J.D. 1978 (Case Western Reserve)
Professor McKinney is a leader in African clinical legal education. She founded or developed clinic initiatives in Botswana, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Kenya. She is a consultant for the American Bar Association African Law Initiative, the U.S. State Department, and several African law schools. She was a Fulbright Lecturer on clinic curricula at the University of Nairobi. She supervises students handling cases in the school's Immigration Law Clinic.

Calvin William Sharpe
John Deaver Drinko-Baker & Hostetler Professor and Director, CISCDR (Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict & Dispute Resolution), B.A. 1967 (Clark), J.D. 1974 (Northwestern), M.A. 1996 (Chicago Theological Seminary)
Professor Sharpe is a leading expert and author in labor arbitration. He has extensive involvement in South Africa, where he has lectured. He is Director of CISCDR (Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict and Dispute Resolution), which often co-sponsors events with the Cox Center.

Robert N. Strassfeld
Professor, B.A. 1976 (Wesleyan University), M.A. 1980 (Rochester), J.D. 1984 (Virginia)
Professor Strassfeld is director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy and Associate Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center. A legal historian, he has published major law review articles about the Vietnam War and teaches a seminar on the subject. He advises the Center on its activities involving comparative employment and labor law.

The Cox Center awards up to 35 grants every summer to support international law internships around the globe.