CASIN has special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council and is permitted to attend meetings of the Assembly of States Parties to the International Criminal Court. CASIN is a member of the Steering Committee of the American Non-Governmental Organizations Coalition for the International Criminal Court (AMICC), USAforICC.org, Group of Friends of the ICC, and the Coalition for American Leadership Abroad (COLEAD). CASIN also works with Americans for Informed Democracy (AID) and Global Youth Action Network (GYAN), in addition to partnering with other organizations.

George E. Edwards | Michael P. Scharf Leila N. Sadat | David J. Scheffer
David Wippman | John P. Cerone | John L. Washburn


George E. Edwards

Chair of the CASIN Advisory Board

George E. Edwards is the Carl M. Gray Professor of Law and the Founding Director of the Program in International Human Rights Law at the Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis. He is also the Founding Faculty Director and Advisor of the Master in Laws (LL. M.) Track in International Human Rights Law.

He received a B.A. degree in 1981 from North Carolina State University and a J.D. degree in 1986 from Harvard Law School, where he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Before joining the Indiana law school faculty, Professor Edwards lived for six years in Hong Kong, where he was associate director of the Centre for Comparative and Public Law, University of Hong Kong Law Faculty, and where he lectured in law (adjunct) at the City University of Hong Kong and for the Law Society of Hong Kong. He is co-editor of Volumes 1-5 of the Hong Kong Public Law Reports.

From 1987 to 1991, Professor Edwards practiced law with the Wall Street firm of Cravath, Swaine and Moore. During the 1999 autumn semester, Professor Edwards served as Visiting Professor of Law at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. During the 2001 fall semester, Professor Edwards was a Visiting Fellow in the United Kingdom at the Lauterpacht Research Centre for International Law, at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, and a Senior Member of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge. In 2005, Professor Edwards was a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London. During the 2005 and 2006 summers he taught a course entitled “International Crime, Armed Conflict, and Human Rights” at the Institute for International Studies in The Hague, The Netherlands, and has also been a Visiting Professor of Law at Stetson College of Law in Gulfport, Florida. Professor Edwards taught International Human Rights Law in the Indiana Judicial Center’s Graduate Program for Judges in 2004.

In the 2001 autumn, Professor Edwards, through a Fulbright grant he was awarded, traveled to South America to teach an International Legal Transactions graduate course at Universidad de San Pedro, in Chimbote, Peru. Professor Edwards is accredited to the United Nations to represent the National Bar Association, and has also represented the Hong Kong Human Rights Monitor. As founding director of the Program in International Human Rights Law, Professor Edwards has, since 1997, facilitated and supervised approximately 100 law student summer intern placements at the United Nations and other human rights organizations in more than 45 countries on 6 continents.

Professor Edwards was the first regularly elected Chair of the Association of American Law Schools International Human Rights Law Section, and Co-Chair of the International Organizations Interest Group of the American Society of International Law. Recently, Professor Edwards was tendered as an Expert Witness on International Law in the case of United States v. David M. Hicks, which was pending before the U.S. Military Commission established in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Professor Edwards submitted testimony by affidavit in lieu of live testimony in that case which involves an Australian “detainee” who is accused of, inter alia, conspiring with Al Qaida, attempted murder by an unprivileged belligerent, and aiding the enemy.


Michael P. Scharf

Michael Scharf is Professor of Law and Director of the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law. During the first 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 Counsel to the Counter-Terrorism Bureau, Attorney-Adviser for Law Enforcement and Intelligence, Attorney-Adviser for United Nations Affairs, and delegate to the United Nations General Assembly and to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. In 1993, he was awarded the State Department’s Meritorious Honor Award “in recognition of superb performance and exemplary leadership.”

Scharf is the author of over forty scholarly articles and seven books, including Balkan Justice, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1998, The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which was awarded the American Society of International Law’s Certificate of Merit for the Outstanding book in International Law in 1999, Peace with Justice, which won the International Association of Penal Law Book of the Year Award for 2003, and casebooks on The Law of International Organizations and International Criminal Law.

Scharf has testified as an expert before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee; his Op Eds have been published by the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, and International Herald Tribune; and he has appeared as a commentator on ABC News’ “Nightline with Ted Kopple”, Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor,” PBS’s “The Charlie Rose Show,” CNN, Court TV, the BBC’s “The World,” and National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition.”

Scharf has served as Chairman of the District of Columbia Bar’s International Law Section, the American Bar Association’s International Institutions Committee, and the American Society of International Law’s International Organizations Committee. He is currently President of the American National Section of the International Association of Penal Law; Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Law Students Association, a member of the Executive Committee of the American Branch of the International Law Association, member of the Board of Directors of the International Legal Assistance Consortium, and Executive Director of the Public International Law and Policy Group.


Leila N. Sadat

Leila Nadya Sadat is the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law at Washington University School where she has taught since 1992, after practicing law for several years at three distinguished firms in Paris. She was also named by Congressman Richard Gephardt to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom where she served until May 2003. In addition to her teaching at Washington University, Professor Sadat has taught abroad in France, Ireland, Italy and Greece. She is the author of nearly three-dozen publications and co-authored the only casebook on international criminal law currently published in the United States. She also collaborated in the development of the “Princeton Principles on Universal Jurisdiction,” a project sponsored by Princeton University. Professor Sadat was named to chair the International Law Association (American Branch) committee on the International Criminal Court in 1995 and was an NGO delegate to the 1998 Rome Conference that established the ICC.

Professor Sadat is a member of the Executive Council and Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law Association and was recently elected to the position of Co-Director of Studies of the International Law Association (American Branch). She is also an active member of the American Society of Comparative Law, the vice-president of the American Branch of the International Association of Penal Law and a Board member of the Revue Québècoise de Droit International, the International Law Students Association, the American Journal of Comparative Law, and the Société de Législation Comparée. She has been admitted to the French Bar as an avocat, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance Française of St. Louis, and is bilingual in French, and proficient in several other languages.


David J. Scheffer

Ambassador Scheffer is Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw/Robert A. Helman Professor of Law and Director, Center for International Human Rights at Northwestern School of Law. He was Senior Vice President of the United Nations Association of the U.S.A. and Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace (2001-2002). Scheffer was the U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues from 1997 to 2001 and led the U.S. delegation in U.N. talks establishing the International Criminal Court. He was Senior Adviser and Counsel to the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, a member of the Deputies Committee of the National Security Council (1993-1996), and Senior Associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (1989-1992). He is an international lawyer and worked from 1979 to 1986 with the international law firm of Coudert Brothers. Scheffer has published widely on legal and political affairs, taught at Columbia, Georgetown and Duke Universities, and comments often in the media on U.N. and war crimes issues. He is a graduate of Harvard College, Oxford University (Honour School of Jurisprudence) and Georgetown University Law Center. He is a member of the New York and District of Columbia Bars.


David Wippman

Professor David Wippman has been teaching public international law, human rights, and international criminal law at Cornell University Law School since 1992. Wippman is also the Co-Director of the Cornell-Paris I Summer Institute of International & Comparative Law, a member of the Executive Committee of the American Society of International Law, a member of the board of editors of Human Rights & Human Welfare, and recently assumed the position of Vice Provost for International Relations for Cornell University.

Before joining the faculty at Cornell, Wippman spent 10 years in private practice. As a partner in the law firm of Reichler, Appelbaum & Wippman, he represented a number of foreign governments in litigation before U.S. courts and international tribunals, as well as in legislative lobbying and political consulting on public and private international law issues. In 1998-99, Wippman served as a Director in the Office of Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs at the U.S. National Security Council. In that capacity, he worked on war crimes issues, the International Criminal Court, economic sanctions, and UN political issues.

Wippman is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal.


John P. Cerone

Professor John P. Cerone teaches Public International Law, Human Rights Law, and International Criminal Law, and serves as director of the law school’s Center for International Law and Policy. He spent summer 2004 as a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and fall 2004 as a Fulbright Scholar at the Danish Institute for Human Rights.

Before joining the New England faculty in 2004, Professor Cerone was executive director of the War Crimes Research Office at American University Washington College of Law, where he served as a legal adviser to various international criminal courts and tribunals.

He has also served as a faculty member of the Amnesty International Summer Institute on Human Rights at American University, the Dublin Institute of the University of San Diego School of Law at Trinity College – Dublin, and the Human Rights Training Program at the Danish Institute for Human Rights in Copenhagen.

As a practicing international lawyer, Professor Cerone has worked for a number of different intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, including the United Nations, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the International Secretariat of Amnesty International, and the International Crisis Group. He also has extensive field experience in conflict and post-conflict environments, such as Afghanistan, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, and East Timor. He is the author of several articles and book chapters on international law.


John L. Washburn

Mr. Washburn has had an extensive career in diplomacy and international governmental and nongovernmental organizations. He was a director in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations between January 1988 and April 1993. Thereafter he was a director in the Department of Political Affairs at the United Nations until March 1994.

He is currently Convener of the American Non-governmental Organizations Coalition on the International Criminal Court, cochairman of the Washington Working Group on the International Criminal Court, and a board member and immediate past president of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. In association with the international Coalition of Non Governmental Organizations for the International Criminal Court, he has attended most of the United Nations Negotiations on the International Criminal Court since 1994 including all of the 1998 diplomatic conference in Rome. He writes and speaks frequently on the United Nations. His most recent publications are articles on relations between the United Nations and the United States in the January-April 1996 issue of Global Governance and on the negotiation of the treaty for the International Criminal Court in the January-March 1999 issue of the same journal.

Mr. Washburn was a member of the Foreign Service of the United States from 1963 to 1987. His last assignment was as the member of the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff responsible for international organizations and multilateral affairs. Earlier in his Foreign Service career, Mr. Washburn was assigned to India, Iran, and Indonesia. In these overseas postings he was respectively a trainee in a Consulate-General, Petroleum Affairs Officer, and Regional Labor Attache covering Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore.

In the Department of State, Mr. Washburn had a variety of assignments in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. These covered most aspects of the work of international organizations and a variety of multilateral issues. He also conceived, helped to establish and was Deputy Director of an office in that Bureau to further the coordination of American bilateral and multilateral diplomacy. During his service in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs, he was a member of United States delegations to various sessions of the United Nations General Assembly, Economic and Social Council, Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific, and Committee for Programme and Coordination.

Mr. Washburn was also Night Shift Chairman of the Iran Hostage Task Force in 1979. He received a special commendation from the Secretary of State for his service and has also been awarded the State Department’s Meritorious Honor Award and Superior Honor Award. In 1977-1978 he was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association, serving as a senior staff member for Senator William Proxmire of Wisconsin and for Congressman John Cavanaugh of Nebraska.

Mr. Washburn is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Law School. He is a Member of the Bar of the District of Columbia and of the bars of the District Court and Circuit Court of Appeals in that jurisdiction. He has worked as a volunteer attorney in an area office of the Neighborhood Legal Services Program. He belongs to the American Society of International Law and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is a founding member of the Academic Council on the United Nations System.