December 02, 2008

Case Western Reserve Law Professors to discuss global fight against genocide, offer insiders' look at Saddam trial and execution


Case Western Reserve University law professor Michael Scharf, co-author of "Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein" will host a pair of book talks and signings in Cleveland area.

Scharf will offer a never-before-seen look at one of the most important and chaotic trials in history. The book was co-written with Vanderbilt University's Michael Newton.

On December 10, Scharf will share in a conversation with colleague and former Nuremberg prosecutor Henry T. King, Jr., Jr., moderated by WCPN's Dan Moulthrop, titled "High Crimes and High Drama" at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood) beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets for the discussion are $10 for the general public and $8 for museum members and can be ordered by calling (216) 593-0575.

The acclaimed international law experts will discuss the worldwide fight against genocide in the 60 years since the United Nations' adoption of the Genocide Convention. Scharf will also talk about his recent role as special assistant to the prosecutor for the upcoming Khmer Rouge trials in Cambodia and his work helping the government of Uganda set up a domestic war crimes tribunal and truth commission.

Scharf will also hold a book talk and signing for Enemy of the State, January 27, at Joseph-Beth Booksellers at Legacy Village, (7-8 p.m., 24519 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst). That event is free and open to the public.

Enemy of State chronicles the true story of the apprehension, trial and execution of the Iraqi dictator. From the trial's inception on October 19, 2005, Scharf and Newton led a team of experts who prepared the judges and prosecutors for "the mother of all trials." Scharf, director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center and a former State Department official who helped create the Yugoslavia Tribunal in 1993, and Newton confronted such issues as whether the death penalty should apply, how to run a fair trial when political and military passions run so high and which of Saddam's many crimes should be prosecuted.

A non-fiction work, written like a novel, offers answers to a number of questions related to today's global events: What is the best way to respond to crimes against humanity in places like Darfur and Burma? What is the best approach to rebuilding Iraq and dealing with the Arabic speaking world? Where should we draw the line in what is acceptable in our war against terrorism?

The book, published by St. Martin's Press, provides clarity into common misconceptions and inaccurate portrayals of those involved, telling readers "everything you thought you knew about the Saddam trial is wrong." The two American law professors give an insider's account of one of the most extraordinary judicial proceedings of all time.

In what some experts are calling "the year of war crimes trials," Enemy of the State provides a telling account about the events that have shaped the current international judicial landscape.

Enemy of the Stateis now available at booksellers nationwide. Excerpts, book reviews and an author "Q&A" are all available at Additionally, the book and an in-depth audio interview with Scharf are featured on the new Case Western Reserve University magazine Web site, Think.

Upcoming Enemy of the State events:
Wednesday, December 10, 2008 (7:00-8:30 PM)

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, 2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood Ohio

"High Crimes and High Drama" – a conversation and book signing featuring Nuremberg Prosecutor Henry King and "Enemy of the State" author Michael Scharf, moderated by Cleveland Public Radio (WCPN) commentator Dan Moulthrop

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 (7:00-8:00 PM)

Joseph-Beth Booksellers at Legacy Village, 24519 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, Ohio

"Enemy of the State" author book talk/signing

For more information contact Jason Tirotta, 216.368.6890.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, December 2, 2008 05:28 PM | News Topics: Alumni, Authors, Collaborations/Partnerships, Faculty, Provost Initiatives, Public Policy/Politics, School of Law, international, news

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