April 15, 2009, C-SPAN broadcast a
panel discussion of “Enemy of the State” and its relevance to the upcoming
trials of Radovan Karadzic in The Hague and the Khmer Rouge leaders in Cambodia.
View the discussion of "Enemy of the State" featuring co-author Michael Scharf, Nuremberg Prosecutor Henry King, and National Public Radio commentator Daniel Maulthrop, held at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage on December 10, 2008.
"[Enemy of the State] offers a detailed, inside account of the court's creation and its proceedings, including gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trial itself and legal analysis of its decision. The book offers many insights and revelations omitted by contemporary media accounts, and places the tribunal in its broader international law context."
--The Volokh Conspiracy Blog (Read more)
On the two year anniversary of Saddam's execution, WCPN interviews Michael Scharf. Listen Now>
Gulf News, book review of "Enemy of the State," October 24, 2008, at p. 24
"When Saddam was being tried in Baghdad, no one needed to issue orders for a curfew, as the people remained at home, their eyes glued to the televisions.
'Enemy of the State,' a book authored by Newton and Scharf, has the same effect on readers. The book is a chronicle of the trial and a behind-the-scenes account of its goings-on - where the phrase 'one of the most important chaotic trials in history' seems to become an understatement." Read more>
Watch Michael Newton on WSMV 4 News with Dennis Ferrier
Watch the “Enemy of the State” Panel Discussion
Listen to an interview with Newton and Scharf discuss their book and the Saddam trial on PRI "The World", July 16, 2008. (mp3 file)
Listen to the authors read excerpts from the book.
Michael A. Newton
co-author of Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein
Mike Newton came to Vanderbilt after serving as an Associate Professor in the Department of Law, United States Military Academy. He is a highly sought after speaker on post conflict accountability and conduct of hostilities issues, having published over fifty articles, editorials, and book chapters in journals such as, inter alia, The International Review of the Red Cross, Cornell International Law Journal, Connecticut Journal of International Law, Military Law Review, The Virginia Journal of International Law, The Yearbook of International Peacekeeping. He recently co-authored the definitive history of the Dujail Trial entitled Enemy of the State: The Trial and Execution of Saddam Hussein, to be published in September 2008 by St. Martins Press.
From 1999 to 2002, he served in the Office of War Crimes Issues, U.S. Department of State. Professor Newton negotiated the Elements of Crimes document for the International Criminal Court as part of the U.S. delegation, and coordinated the interface between the FBI and the ICTY while deploying into Kosovo to do the forensics fieldwork to support the Milosevic indictment. As the Senior Advisor to the United States Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, he shaped a wide range of policies related to the law of armed conflict, including U.S. support to accountability mechanisms worldwide. After assisting with the establishment of the Iraqi High Tribunal, he repeatedly taught Iraqi jurists, helped establish its academic consortium, and served as an International Law Advisor to the Judicial Chambers in 2006 and 2007. He also served as the U.S. representative on the U.N. Planning Mission for the Sierra Leone Special Court, and was a member of the Special Court academic consortium.
Professor Newton is a member of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, as well as the International Bar Association. He has made numerous appearances on CNN, BBC, Fox, Court TV, NPR, and been widely quoted in other print and broadcast media. His principal responsibilities at Vanderbilt involve teaching courses relating to international law and international criminal law as well as developing educational opportunities for students interested in international legal issues. Among his other teaching duties, Professor Newton developed and teaches one of the most innovative courses in American legal education as a component of the International Legal Studies Program at Vanderbilt. Students in his International Law Practice Lab gain pragmatic skills and concrete experience on behalf of real world clients around the world. He served on a Working Group advising the Task Force on Genocide Prevention established by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has worked in support of the Public International Law & Policy Group to advise governments and delegations across the globe.
Professor Newton graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and served as an armor officer until his selection for the Judge Advocate General’s Funded Legal Education Program. He earned more than two dozen military decorations during his twenty one years of service. Professor Newton earned his J.D. and an L.LM. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of the Virginia Bar. He also received an L.LM from the Judge Advocate General’s School, where he served as Professor of International and Operational Law from 1996-1999. As an operational attorney, Professor Newton served as the Chief of Operational Law with the United States Army Special Forces Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina in support of units participating in Desert Storm. He was also the Group Judge Advocate for the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He deployed on Operation Provide Comfort to assist Kurdish civilians in Northern Iraq, as well as a number of other exercises and operations. As the Brigade Judge Advocate for the 194th Armored Brigade (Separate), he organized and led the human rights and rules of engagement education for all Multinational Forces and International Police deploying into Haiti.