A World in Disarray: International Law, State Sovereignty, and Interventions

Thursday, April 25, 2019 - 9:30am - 4:00pm
Location: 1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room)

3 CLE Credit Hours Pending

C|M|LAW is pleased to partner with the City Club of Cleveland and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs in hosting “A World in Disarray: International Law, State Sovereignty and Interventions.” 

The event will feature speeches and panels from experts on law and world affairs for a day of discussion regarding foreign relations.

Delivering the Keynote Address is Dr. Richard Haass, the president of the Council on Foreign Relations. Haass will draw upon his best-selling book, “A World in Disarray,” to explain the origins of the current global situation, the consequences and the choices that will shape the next chapter of world history.




9:30–10:00 am: Coffee and Registration (atrium)

10:00–10:30 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks, Dean Lee Fisher and Associate Dean Milena Sterio

10:30 am– 12:00 pm: Panel 1: State Sovereignty, Interventions and Current Crises in Yemen and Syria (Paul Williams, Pete Moore, Sandy Hodgkinson) (moderator: Tony Ganzer)

(break for lunch – boxed lunches available)

12:15 – 1:15 pm: Keynote Address: A World in Disarray, Dr. Richard Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations

Drawing on his best-selling book “A World in Disarray,” Haass will explain the origins of the current global situation, the consequences, and the choices that will shape the next chapter of world history.

1:30 – 3:00 pm: Panel 2: The United Nations, Sovereignty and Interventions (Jennifer Trahan, Carina Van Vliet, Michael Scharf) (moderator: Milena Sterio)

3:00 – 3:15 pm: Closing Remarks, Dean Lee Fisher and Associate Dean Milena Sterio

(refreshments in the atrium)


Richard Haass

Richard Haass is in his sixteenth year as president of the Council on Foreign Relations, the preeminent independent, nonpartisan organization in the United States devoted to issues of foreign policy and international relations. He is a former Defense Department, State Department, and National Security Council official who has worked for four presidents. A recipient of the State Department's Distinguished Honor Award, the Presidential Citizens Medal, and the Tipperary International Peace Award, Dr. Haass is also the author or editor of thirteen books on U.S. foreign policy and one book on management. A Rhodes scholar, he holds the Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University.


Lee Fisher

Lee Fisher is the Dean and Joseph C. Hostetler-BakerHostetler Chair in Law at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University. Fisher’s diverse career has spanned the private, public, nonprofit, and academic sectors. In addition to serving as Dean, He is Senior Fellow, Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs; and Urban Scholar, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs and the Great Cities Institute, University of Illinois at Chicago. Fisher served as President/CEO of CEOs for Cities, nationwide innovation network for city success, for six years.

Fisher clerked for Judge Paul C. Weick of the U.S Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. He has decades of experience in legal practice, most extensively with Cleveland-based Hahn Loeser as Of Counsel from 1978-1990 and Partner from 1995-1999. He served as Ohio Attorney General and was the first Ohio Attorney General to personally argue cases before the Ohio Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.

In addition to serving as Attorney General, Fisher has served as Ohio Lt. Governor; Director, Ohio Department of Development; Chair, Ohio Third Frontier Commission; State Senator; and State Representative. He also served as President and CEO of the Centers for Families and Children. Fisher is a graduate of Oberlin College and served on the Oberlin College Board of Trustees for 12 years. He earned his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law; he was the first recipient of the School of Law’s Distinguished Recent Graduate Award and was inducted in the School of Law’s Society of Benchers. He also earned his Master of Nonprofit Organization from the CWRU Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations.

Tony Ganzer

Tony Ganzer has reported from Phoenix to Cairo, and now hosts All Things Considered for 90.3 WCPN ideastream, reporting on immigration, community policing, and more. He was previously a correspondent with the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation based in Zurich, covering issues like Swiss banks, Parliament, refugees, and the effects of Egypt’s revolution. He has also worked with public media stations in Germany, Phoenix, and Washington State. Ganzer earned his Master’s in International Relations and World Order from the University of Leicester; and a Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Idaho. He speaks fluent German, and a bit of French.

Sandra Hodgkinson

Sandra L. Hodgkinson is Senior Vice President of Planning and Chief of Staff at Leonardo DRS.  In this capacity, she is Chief of Staff to the CEO, and works closely with the Leonardo leadership in Rome and the U.S. to develop and execute the Leonardo DRS strategic plan for a $2.5 billion proxy defense company.  Ms. Hodgkinson previously served as a career civil servant up through the rank of Senior Executive Service (SES) at Departments of Defense, State Department and The White House.  Her assignments included Distinguished Visiting Research Fellow at National Defense University (NDU), The Special Assistant (Chief of Staff) to Deputy Secretary William J. Lynn, III, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (DASD); Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues; Director for International Justice at the National Security Council; and as Senior Advisor at the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), in Baghdad, Iraq. 

Prior to civil service, Ms. Hodgkinson spent six years as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps officer serving as an appellate clerk, Prosecutor/International Criminal Jurisdiction Officer (Naples, Italy) and as a Country Program Director, training foreign military and civilians in over 30 countries.  She retired in October, 2017 from the Navy JAG Corps reserves as a Captain.   She has served on the Executive Council and Program Committee for the American Society of International Law (ASIL), the Advisory Committee of the ABA Standing Committee on Law and National Security, the ABA Cyber Security Task Force, and is a career member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  She has published two dozen law review or other scholarly articles, and 5 book chapters.  She has been teaching National Security Law at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University since 2007.  Ms. Hodgkinson is married with 5 children and lives in Alexandria.

Pete Moore

Pete W. Moore is the Marcus A. Hanna Associate Professor of Politics at Case Western Reserve University and serves on the editorial board of Middle East Report. He has held previous faculty positions at Concordia University, Dartmouth College, and the University of Miami in Coral Gables. His research explores issues of political economy, state-society relations, and sub-state conflict in the Gulf and the Levant. In 2008-2009 he was a Senior Fulbright Fellow at Zayed University in Dubai, UAE. His second (multi-authored) book is entitled Beyond the Arab Spring: Authoritarianism and Democratization in the Arab World (2012). He is currently completing a book manuscript entitled, “Jordan’s Long War: State Building and War Economies.” This spring The Middle East Journal is publishing his article “A Political Economy History of Jordan’s Intelligence Directorate: Authoritarian State Building and Fiscal Crisis.”

Michael Scharf

Michael Scharf is the Joseph C. Hostetler—BakerHostetler Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and since 2013 has served as Dean of the Law School. Scharf is the author of over 100 articles and nineteen books, including three that have won national book of the year honors. According to the Leiter study, Scharf is one of the top-cited scholars in the field of international law in the United States. During the elder Bush and Clinton Administrations, Scharf served as Attorney-Adviser for United Nations Affairs in the Office of the Legal Adviser of the U.S. Department of State. Scharf is the co-founder and Managing Director of the Public International Law and Policy Group, a Non-Governmental Organization that was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Scharf is also producer and host of the radio program “Talking Foreign Policy,” broadcast quarterly on Cleveland’s NPR station, WCPN 90.3 FM.

Milena Sterio

Milena Sterio is Associate Dean for Academic enrichment and Professor of Law at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where she specializes in International Law, International Criminal Law, Human Rights, and Maritime Piracy. Professor Sterio is the author of five books and numerous law review articles. She serves as a permanent editor of the Intlawgrrls blog, and as Co-Chair of the Women in International Law and the International Criminal Law Interest Groups at the American Society of International Law. In 2013, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Baku, Azerbaijan. Professor Sterio holds a J.D. from Cornell Law School, a Maitrise en Droit (French Law degree) and a Master’s Degree in Private International Law from the University of Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne, and a B.A. in Political Science and French Literature from Rutgers University.

Jennifer Trahan

Jennifer Trahan is Clinical Professor at NYU's Center for Global Affairs, She has served as counsel and of counsel to the International Justice Program of Human Rights Watch, Iraq Prosecutions Consultant to the International Center for Transitional Justice, and worked on cases before the Special Court for Sierra Leone and International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She has published two books on the case law of the ad hoc tribunals, as well as scores of law review articles and book chapters. For example, she has written extensively on the International Criminal Court's crime of aggression, and provided briefings on that topic, including to members of the UN Security Council. She also has served as one of the US representatives to the Use of Force Committee of the International Law Association. The book she is currently writing, "Legal Limits to the Veto in the Face of Atrocity Crimes," is under contract with Cambridge University Press. She also recently providing briefings on that topic to legal advisers in the UN Trusteeship Council during International Law Week, and at a side-event during the ICC's Assembly of States Parties in The Hague, Netherlands.

Carina Van Vliet

Carina Van Vliet is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cleveland Council on World Affairs since January 2019. She previously worked in a Business Development and Communications manager role at the law firm Jones Day. Ms. Van Vliet served as a Political Affairs Officer at the United Nations from 2006 to 2014, covering Latin American and Middle East issues, disarmament affairs, and women, peace and security issues. Prior to joining the U.N., she was the Director for Policy and Leadership Programs at the French-American Foundation. She also co-authored an economic history textbook in French, and taught international economics in the People’s Republic of China. Ms. Van Vliet has a B.A. in Political Science from Bowdoin College, a master’s degree (diplôme) in International Relations from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po), and an M.A from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. She was also a Term Member with the Council on Foreign Relations from 2011 to 2016.

Paul Williams

Dr. Paul R. Williams holds the Rebecca I. Grazier Professorship in Law and International Relations at American University where he teaches in the School of International Service and at the Washington College of Law. Dr. Williams is also the co-founder of the Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG), a pro bono law firm providing legal assistance to states and governments involved in peace negotiations, post-conflict constitution drafting, and the

prosecution of war criminals. As a world renowned peace negotiation lawyer, Dr. Williams has assisted over two dozen parties in major international peace negotiations and has advised numerous parties on the drafting and implementation of post-conflict constitutions. Several of Dr. Williams' pro bono government clients throughout the world joined together to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Dr. Williams has served as a Senior Associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, as well as an Attorney-Adviser for European and Canadian affairs at the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Legal Adviser. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. Dr. Williams is a sought-after international law and policy expert. He is frequently interviewed by major print and broadcast media and regularly contributes op-eds to major newspapers. Dr. Williams has authored six books on various topics concerning international law, and has published over three dozen scholarly articles on topics of international law and policy. Dr. Williams is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, and has served as a Counsellor on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. More information about Dr. Williams can be found at www.drpaulrwilliams.com.

Co-sponsored by the City Club of Cleveland and the Cleveland Council on World Affairs​


CLE credit: 4 hours pending

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