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Ambassador Klaus Scharioth, the ambassador to the United States from the Federal Republic of Germany, spoke at the University of North Carolina School of Law on Wed., Nov. 17, 2010. Ambassador Scharioth has built a career in foreign service with an emphasis on international law.
His presentation, "Transatlantic Relations for the Next Decade and the Transatlantic Climate Bridge" addressed contemporary issues in international law and policy, including the Transatlantic Climate Bridge, a joint commitment by Germany and the United States to invest in newer, cleaner sources of energy that can create new jobs and world-class industries, clean the environment and protect the climate, improve standards of living and enhance global security.
Ambassador Scharioth presented his credentials as German Ambassador to the United States in 2006. He received his law degree in 1973 and has a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in Medford, Mass. He entered the foreign service for Germany in 1976 and has served in Quito and as a legal representative to the United Nations. He served as vice chairman of the United Nations Legal and Charter Committees from 1986 to 1990. Subsequently, he held a position in the International Law Division of the German Foreign Office. He then acted as chef de cabinet (director of the private office) to the NATO Secretary-General in Brussels, where he worked on the preparation for the 1994 Brussels Summit. Before becoming ambassador to the United States, he spent four years as state secretary of the German Foreign Office.
Over the course of his career, Ambassador Scharioth has worked on security and defense policy; transatlantic relations; European policy, the European Constitution and the financial perspective; crisis management; arms control and disarmament; negotiations with Iran, Russia, G-8 and the United Nations; human rights; and bilateral relations between Germany and all other countries.
Ambassador Scharioth's visit to the campus was sponsored by UNC School of Law units including the International Programs Office, the International and Comparative Law Organization and the Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation and Resources.
-November 18, 2010