Scott SullivanHarvey A. Peltier, Sr. Associate Professor of Law
Scott Sullivan is the Harvey A. Peltier, Sr. Associate Professor of Law at LSU Law. He teaches and writes on international law, federal courts, foreign relations and the impact of transnational technology on law. Professor Sullivan’s scholarship focuses on the formation and legitimacy of international law, particularly in its implementation in U.S. courts and foreign affairs policy. He has published on military detention of non-state actors in the “war on terror,” national security privatization, treaty interpretation theory, opportunities of networked technology for determining custom in international law, and Constitutional powers of the federal government in foreign affairs.
Sullivan is a nationally recognized expert in armed conflict detention. He drafted the international law arguments for petitioners in the Supreme Court case Boumediene v. Bush and the judiciary cited his research in the landmark case Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. As the United States representative for the PRIV WAR global consortium, the European Union commissioned him to assess the impact of increasing use of private military and security companies in armed conflict.
Prior to joining LSU Law, Professor Sullivan was an Emerging Scholars Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Texas School of Law. While at Texas, he co-founded the National Security & Human Rights Program and Clinic and was an Associate at the Rapoport Center for Human Rights & Justice. Sullivan has also practiced law in New York and Chicago at Latham & Watkins LLP and Allen & Overy LLP, where he advised foreign and domestic companies on international sanctions compliance and defended habeas corpus rights of Guantanamo Bay detainees.
Sullivan earned his J.D. from University of Chicago School of Law and was awarded a Fulbright fellowship for his research at European University Institute where he earned an LLM in Comparative, European and International Law and worked with Antonio Cassese, Professor and President of the International Criminal Tribunal of Yugoslavia that tried Slobodan Miloševic.