Saturday, January 1, 2005
Case Western CrimProf Michael Scharf Trains Iraqi Tribunal Judges to Preside Over Saddam Hussein's Trial
Michael Scharf, Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Law School is one of five international experts who trained the Iraqi Special Tribunal Judges who will preside over Saddam Hussein's trial. The Washington Post featured Scharf's editorial, "Can This Guy Get a Fair Trial?" in which Scharf explains his transition from believing that Saddam could never get a fair trial to believing Saddam's trial will be fair after all. Scharf bases his transition in part on the Iraqis' contribution to the Iraqi Special Tribunal (IST) statute; over U.S. objection the Iraqis insisted on including a provision enabling the IST to prosecute Hussein for the crime of aggression, which has not been prosecuted since the Nuremburg Trials in 1945.
The Associated Press and several national TV and radio programs have featured Scharf's work. For links to Washington Post's follow-up chat with Scharf and a tape of his appearance on NPR's Morning Edition, click here. [Mark Godsey]