International Debate Series 2001

Debate Papers
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The Institute for Global Legal Studies at the Washington University School of Law is pleased to announce its new International Debate Series.

The first debate "Should the United States Ratify the International Criminal Court Treaty " occurred on Monday, October 22, 2001, from noon-1:30 p.m., in room 401 at the School of Law. 

Coordinated by Washington University Professor, Leila Nadya Sadat, the debate was argued by Professor Michael P. Scharf (yes) and Lee A. Casey, J.D. (no).

Professor Scharf,  served at the U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser as counsel to the Counter-Terrorism Bureau, attorney-adviser for Law Enforcement and Intelligence, and attorney-adviser for United Nations Affairs before joining the New England School of Law faculty in 1993. While at the Department of State, he was also a member of the United States Delegations to the United Nations General Assembly and to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. A former clerk for the Hon. Gerald Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, he is the author of dozens of articles and several books in the area of human rights and international criminal law, including Balkan Justice, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998, and The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which was awarded the 1999 American Society of International Law Certificate of Merit for the Outstanding Book in International Law. He teaches criminal law and international law courses.

Lee A. Casey, J.D., is a partner in the law firm of Baker & Hostetler LLP, based in Washington, D.C.  His practice areas include administrative, environmental, and federal constitutional, as well as public international and international humanitarian law.  Mr. Casey has served in various capacities in the federal government, including in the Office of Legal Counsel and the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice.  The Office of Legal Counsel is responsible for advising the Attorney General and the White House on issues of constitutional law and statutory interpretation.  The Office of Legal Policy served as a strategic "think tank" for the Reagan Justice Department.  Mr. Casey has also served as Deputy Associate General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy.  He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the George Mason University School of Law, Arlington, Virginia, and has published many articles on the subject of international criminal law and the International Criminal Court.

Moderator for the event was William Freivogel, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The public was warmly welcomed and the presentation was simultaneously webcast for viewing.  That video is now available for on-demand viewing.

For more information, contact 314.935.7988.