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B.A., 1998, University of Kansas
J.D., 2001, University of Chicago
LL.M, 2002, European University Institute

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Scott Sullivan

Harvey A. Peltier Professorship and J. Dawson Gasquet Endowed Professorship
Professor of Law


Scott Sullivan holds the Harvey A. Peltier, Sr. Professorship and the J. Dawson Gasquet Endowed Professorship at the Louisiana State University Law Center. He has served as a fellow at the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas and co-founded the National Security Law Program & Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law.

Professor Sullivan teaches and writes on international law, U.S. foreign relations law, cybersecurity law, and national security. His international law scholarship reflects on the promise and peril of technology on international law formation and the law of war. Domestically, Sullivan’s research examines constitutional separation-of-powers problems that regularly arise within foreign relations, the false dichotomy between “international” and “domestic” terrorism, and systemic biases in prosecuting terrorism-related crimes. His scholarly work has been published in the University of Texas Law ReviewBoston College Law ReviewFordham Law Review, and the Harvard Journal of International Law among others. He will present his recent work, “Unpacking Cyber Neutrality,” which examines neutrality and co-belligerency doctrines relative to ongoing cyber operations in the Ukraine-Russia war at the International Conference on Cyber Conflict (CyCon 2023).

Funding for Sullivan’s work on military privatization has been provided by the European Community’s 7th Framework Programme for Research. Sullivan is a co-principal investigator in a pending National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (NCAE-C) Education Innovation grant from the National Security Agency.

Before entering law teaching, Professor Sullivan worked as an attorney at law firms in New York and Chicago. After receiving his JD from the University of Chicago, he was awarded a J. William Fulbright Fellowship to engage in international law research at the European University Institute, where he received an LLM in Comparative, European, and International Law.

Courses Taught

International Law, International Human Rights, International Law in U.S. Courts, U.S. Foreign Relations Law, Constitutional Law II, Issues in Transnational Technology, Administration of Criminal Justice I (1L Course), Cybersecurity Law

Selected Publications

The Elusive Zone of Twilight, 62 Boston College L. Rev. 741 (2021)

Judicial Deference and Democratic Values, 53 Tulsa L. Rev. 363 (2018)

Prosecuting Domestic Terrorism as Terrorism, Just Security, August 18, 2017

The Draft Order on Multilateral Treaties and the Trump Administration’s Failure to Understand the Human Rights of National Security, Just Security, February 16, 2017

Interpreting Force Authorization, 43 Florida State Univ. L. Review 241 (2015)

The Future of the Foreign Commerce Clause, 83 Fordham L. Rev. 1955 (2014)

Networking Customary Law, 61 Univ. of Kansas L. Rev. 659 (2013)