Milena Sterio, the Charles R. Emrick Jr. - Calfee Halter & Griswold Professor of Law at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, is a leading expert on international law, and in particular, maritime piracy. Sterio is one of six permanent editors of the prestigious IntLawGrrls blog, and a frequent contributor to the blog focused on international law, policy and practice. Serving as a maritime piracy law expert, she has participated in meetings of the United Nations Contact Group on Piracy off the Coast of Somalia. Sterio is also a member of the Piracy Expert Group, an academic think tank functioning within the auspices of the Public International Law and Policy Group.
In the spring of 2013, Sterio was selected as a Fulbright Scholar, spending the semester in Baku, Azerbaijan, at Baku State University. While in Baku, she had the opportunity to teach and conduct research, calling the stay “one of the most exciting professional experiences in my career,” and “enriching and rewarding on both the personal and professional levels.” Her research consisted of a study of secession under international law as it related to the province of Azerbaijan, Nagorno-Karabakh. In the early 1990’s, once the Soviet Union disintegrated, multiple wars broke out in the Caucuses, including a violent struggle between Azerbaijan and the neighboring Armenia. As a result of this conflict, Nagorno-Karabakh is a part of the independent state of Azerbaijan, but is controlled by Armenia and inhabited by Armenians.
Sterio also spent a week in Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island nation known as a resort destination for celebrities, helping to prepare the government for upcoming piracy trials. During the time in Mauritius, she met with and presented to the Attorney-General, the Solicitor General, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Commissioner of Police and Security forces and the Mauritius Ambassador to the UN. Sterio has also assisted piracy prosecutions in Kenya and the Seychelles Islands, and has spoken on the growing problem of dealing with juvenile pirates.
Sterio is a graduate of Cornell Law School, and was an associate in the New York City firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton before joining the ranks of academia full time. She has published in the American University Law Review, the Connecticut International Law Journal, the Fordham International Law Journal, the Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law, the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy, the Florida Journal of International Law, and the UC Davis of International Law and Policy.
Read more about Milena Sterio's work on the C-M Faculty Blog.