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

Case Western Reserve University School of Law
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Rebuilding Nation Building

Frederick K. Cox International Law Center Symposium
Co-sponsored by CISCDR (Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict & Dispute Resolution)

VIEW ARCHIVED WEBCAST (from April 8, 2005 event)


Supported by a generous endowment by the George Gund Foundation, over the past decade the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law has developed one of the most ambitious and innovative international law programs in the nation preparing students for global opportunities in law, business, and public service. The center advances understanding on critical issues of global justice reform through its innovative, comprehensive, and experiential curriculum, symposia and lecture series, internship grants, Summer Institute for Global Justice in the Netherlands, and research and publication projects. Endowed in 1991 by the George Gund Foundation, the center was named in 1994 to honor Cox, a 1938 law school alumnus and former university trustee. In 2002, the center established the War Crimes Research Office, through which students provide legal research assistance to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, The Iraqi Special Tribunal, and the International Criminal Court.

This symposium also marks the launching of CISCDR (Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict & Dispute Resolution). CISCDR advances our understanding of conflict and dispute resolution through the interdisciplinary study of law and other disciplines. It will also develop programs in the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic Center, continuing education, and other work within the community and collaborate with the law school’s other four centers of excellence in developing symposia and other programming.

This symposium is made possible by a generous grant from the Wolf Family Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of Cleveland created in 1994. Its main beneficiaries have been local religious, medical, arts, and education institutions, which receive funding primarily to assist and promote research, education, understanding, and the social needs of the community.

Rebuilding Nation Building
From the experience of post-colonial states in Asia and Africa to more recent experience in Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Iraq, the conceptual clarity and goals of nation building have been difficult to achieve. Beyond the international recognition of what Benedict Anderson called an imagined community, what are the desirable features of the nation under construction, and what, if any, is the appropriate role of the international community in designing, financing, and building them? How should the government be chosen, and powers separated between branches, allocated between the center and the regions, or shared by competing ethnic or religious groups? What are the necessary tools of conflict resolution? How critical is the role of women? Is religion a divisive or unifying force? What is the role of the United States, the United Nations, or the international financial institutions? With a view to comparative experience, a candid look at Iraq, and perspectives on the future, this unique day-long symposium will bring several world-leading experts together to address these fundamental questions.

Symposium Chair and Moderator
Hiram Chodosh

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs &
Joseph C. Hostetler – Baker & Hostetler Professor of Law

Director, Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
Michael P. Scharf

Professor of Law
Case School of Law

Symposium Co-Chair and Director, CISCDR (Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Conflict & Dispute Resolution)
Calvin William Sharpe

John Deaver Drinko – Baker & Hostetler Professor
Case School of Law


9:00 a.m.-9:15 a.m.
Welcome – Gerald Korngold, Dean and McCurdy Professor of Law, Case School of Law

9:15 a.m.-9:30 a.m.
Introduction – Michael Scharf and Calvin William Sharpe

9:30 a.m. -10:45 a.m. Panel One: Federalism

Peter H. Schuck, Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Chibli Mallat; Professor, EU Jean Monnet Chair in European Law & Director, Centre for the Study of the European Union, Université Saint-Joseph; Avocat à la Cour, Principal, Mallat Law Offices, Beirut, Lebanon
Moderator: Jacqueline Lipton, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director of the Cox Center

11:00 a.m. -12:15 p.m. Panel Two: Donor Interventions

Sean Hagan, General Counsel & Director, Legal Department, International Monetary Fund
Linn Hammergren, Senior Public Sector Management Specialist, Latin America Regional Department, World Bank
Moderator: Michael Scharf

1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Panel Three: Religion as Source of Conflict and Reconciliation

David Little, T.J. Dermot Dunphy Professor of the Practice in Religion, Ethnicity, and International Conflict and Faculty Associate at the Weatherhead Center for
International Affairs, Harvard Divinity School
Ramez Islambouli, Adjunct Professor, Case School of Law and Director, Islamic Campus Ministry, Case Western Reserve University
Moderator: Calvin William Sharpe

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Closing remarks: Hiram Chodosh

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