CWRU Law Professor Michael Scharf Says a Capture Closes Terrible Chapter in the Troubled History of a Region

Ratko Mladic is expected to soon face justice at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

News Release: Thursday, May 26, 2011


CLEVELAND – Accused Bosnian Serb war criminal Ratko Mladic has been apprehended in Serbia. He is expected to soon face justice at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. He was indicted for Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity for his participation in the Srebrenica massacre and other atrocities in Bosnia.

One of the world's foremost experts on the Mladic charges is Case Western Reserve University School of Law Professor Michael Scharf, who was the U.S. State Department official who drafted the Statute and Rules for the Yugoslavia Tribunal back in 1993.

Scharf comments: "This is the case that the Yugoslavia Tribunal was established to try. Mladic was both the architect and chief implementer of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. His capture closes a terrible chapter in the history of that troubled region and sends a powerful signal to indicted leaders like Qhadafi and al Bashir that indicted international war criminals cannot evade justice."

Scharf is available all day Thursday, May 26, for direct comment about the Mladic case. He can be reached at 216.534.7796 or by email at michael.scharf@case.edu .

Michael Scharf has published several books about the Yugoslavia Tribunal and its trials, including "An Insider's Guide to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia," "Balkan Justice" (which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize), and "Slobodan Milosevic on Trial." Scharf has served as a consultant to the Yugoslavia Tribunal and has provided over 30 research memoranda to the chief prosecutor on issues pending before the court.

In 2004-2005, he served on the international team of experts that trained the judges for the Saddam Hussein trial, and during a sabbatical in 2008 he served as special assistant to the International Prosecutor of the Cambodia Genocide Tribunal.

Michael P. Scharf is John Deaver Drinko -- Baker & Hostetler Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center.

Posted by: Marvin Kropko, May 26, 2011 08:40 PM | News Topics: Official Release