Michael P. Scharf


Michael Scharf is co-founder and Managing Director of PILPG.  Since 2013, he has been Dean of Case Western Reserve University School of Law, where he is also Joseph C. Hostetler – BakerHostetler Professor of Law.  A graduate of Duke University School of Law, and judicial clerk to Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat on the Eleventh Circuit Federal Court of Appeals, Scharf is the author of seventeen books, including three that have won national book of the year honors.  During the elder Bush and Clinton Administrations, Scharf served in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State, where he held the positions of Attorney-Adviser for Law Enforcement and Intelligence, Attorney-Adviser for United Nations Affairs, and delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Commission.  As head of PILPG’s international justice practice area, Scharf has worked closely with every international criminal tribunal; domestic war crimes courts in Uganda and Iraq; and piracy courts in Kenya, the Seychelles, and Mauritius. During a sabbatical in 2008, Scharf served as Special Assistant to the Prosecutor of the Cambodia Genocide Tribunal.  Scharf also produces and hosts the radio program “Talking Foreign Policy,” broadcast on WCPN 90.3 FM (Cleveland’s NPR station), available at: https://law.case.edu/TalkingForeignPolicy.  And he was the first professor in the world to offer an international law MOOC (free online course), available at: https://www.coursera.org/#course/intlcriminallaw.