Ryan Scoville

Assistant Professor of Law
Areas of Law:

Areas of Law::

Professional Memberships: 
American Society of International Law, State Bar of California, State Bar of Idaho, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Other Courses Taught: 
International Law, Evidence


Professor Scoville teaches and writes in the areas of international and U.S. foreign relations law. Prior to joining the Law School, he served as a Deputy Attorney General for the State of Idaho, worked as a litigation associate in the Denver and Tokyo offices of the law firm of Morrison & Foerster, and served as a law clerk for Judge Milan D. Smith, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Neil V. Wake of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. He also worked briefly at the Arms Control Association and the Defense Department's Office of the General Counsel (International Affairs).

Professor Scoville holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was an executive editor for the Stanford Law Review, and a B.A. in International Studies from Brigham Young University, where he was the valedictorian. 


Recent Works

Finding Custom, 101 Iowa L. Rev. (forthcoming 2016) [SSRN]

Compelled Diplomacy in Zivotofsky v. Kerry, 9 NYU J.L. & Liberty 148 (2015) (invited essay) [SSRN]

A Defense of Japanese Sovereignty Over the Senkaku / Diaoyu Islands, 46 Geo. Wash. Int'l L. Rev. 571 (2014), reprinted in China-Japan Border Disputes: Islands of Contention in Multidisciplinary Perspective (Ashgate 2015) (invited symposium contribution) [SSRN]

Legislative Diplomacy, 112 Mich. L. Rev. 331 (2013) [SSRN]

The New General Common Law of Severability, 91 Tex. L. Rev. 543 (2013) [SSRN]