International Criminal Court Review Conference Adds Crime of Aggression to Court's Jurisdiction

Michael Scharf at the ICC Review Conference

At nine minutes after midnight on June 12, the 111 States that are party to the International Criminal Court Statute adopted by consensus, in Kampala, Uganda, an amendment adding the crime of aggression to the court's jurisdiction.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law Michael P. Scharf, director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, characterizes this amendment as "a historic moment that was years in the making." Although the crime of aggression is subject to numerous qualifiers and caveats, he says he has no doubt that "in the end, recognition of this crime will make a significant contribution to world peace."

Scharf served as head of the Public International Law and Policy Group's delegation at the ICC's First Review Conference, where important amendments to the ICC Statute were debated, including most importantly adding the crime of aggression to ICC jurisdiction. Read more.

Campus News

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center at Case Western Reserve University will have representatives marching in the 2010 Cleveland Pride Parade on Saturday, June 26. The parade steps off from West 3rd in downtown Cleveland at noon. Contact Hollie McGivern if interested in marching. The parade is part of the annual Pride Festival, which will take place in Voinovich Park from noon to 8 p.m. This year's theme is Unity Through Diversity. Go online for more information.

Summer barbecues

The summer barbecue season continues Wednesday, June 16, with an Asian menu and music by Joe Rohan. There will be different menus and musical styles from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the quad every Wednesday through July 7. The events are open to the public. Each barbecue event costs $7.75 per person, and includes a full menu, beverage and dessert, as well as a front row seat to the entertainment. CaseCharge, CaseCash and cash accepted. Go online for more information.

For Faculty and Staff

The Department of Human Resources recently launched a new HRQ. Read more.

The Department of Human Resources is conducting a customer service survey. Participants can enter a drawing for an Amazon Kindle. Take the survey online.

For Students

The Writing Resource Center is open for summer semester support today through June 27.


The Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative invites campus members to attend a seminar series presentation at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 15, in Frohring Auditorium (BRB 105). The featured speaker is Nathan Johnson, senior research associate in the Center for Clinical Investigation at the School of Medicine. His topic is OnWARD: Ontology-driven Web-based Architecture for Research Data.

A four-week class on Meditation 101 is taking place at the W.O. Walker Building on Euclid Avenue. The classes are led by Francoise Adan, a psychiatrist in the Mood Disorders Program. The next class cycles begins today at noon, and at 5 p.m., Thursday, June 17. A discount is available for Case Western Reserve employees. Call (216) 844-2400 for information.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

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Garima Sharma

The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence announces that Garima Sharma, a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management, is the 2010-2011 Inamori Research Fellow. A selection committee comprised of faculty members from the Inamori Faculty Affiliates Council selected Sharma's proposal "Ethical Leadership and Sense-making for Innovations of Mutual Benefit" after reviewing a pool of high quality proposals.

Sharma intends "to encourage knowledge creation in the area of ethics and ethical leadership" by exploring "how leaders make sense of issues related to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), how this sense-making leads to actions and outcomes in the form of business innovations for mutual benefit, and how CSR as a process of sense-making describes ethical leadership." Sharma will travel to eight different organizations to complete her research project.

June 14, 2010

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In the News

Some hypertension drugs raise cancer risks

United Press International, June 14, 2010
U.S. medical investigators say they've found patients taking blood pressure drugs know as angiotensin receptor blockers may face an increased risk of cancer. University Hospitals Case Medical Center cardiologists said the class of drugs is used not only to control high blood pressure, but also for heart failure, cardiovascular risk reduction and diabetic kidney disease. Drs. Ilke Sipahi, Daniel Simon and James Fang led the study. They also are professors at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

A man for his times: Mansfield Frazier wants to change his city like he changed his life

The Plain Dealer, June 13, 2010
On a bright May morning in Cleveland, on a vacant lot bordered by broken concrete and shaded by abandoned homes, an improbable vineyard took root. It's the vision of Mansfield Frazier, a Cleveland author and columnist. He recently addressed a classroom full of future social workers at Case Western Reserve University.

New book provides perspective on contributions made by nurses

The Medical News, June 14, 2010
The quiet actions of unsung heroes from the rainforest of Guatemala to the city streets of Harlem will be celebrated during the 2010 International Year of the Nurse in the new book, Giving through Teaching: How Nurse Educators are Changing the World. Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, the Elizabeth Brooks Ford Professor of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University's Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing and one of the book's editors, comments.

Tiniest babies don't hurt family health in long run, June 10, 2010
Families caring for extremely low birth weight babies generally face a higher chance of having to cope with developmental difficulties, but researchers who have tracked the tiniest babies have come upon some good news. Avroy Fanaroff, chair of the department of pediatrics at the Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital and a professor at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Job outlook brightens for new grads, but barely

USA TODAY, June 14, 2010
This year's slightly better performance is one of many signs around the country that 2010 is a better year than 2009 for landing that first job out of college – but not by much.