Ryan Scoville

Assistant Professor of Law


  • Areas Of Law: Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, International Law
  • Professional Memberships:
    California, Colorado, Idaho, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Current Courses: International Law, Evidence
  • Other Courses Taught:
    U.S. Foreign Relations Law, Civil Procedure


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 and worked as a litigation associate in the Denver and Tokyo offices of the law firm of Morrison & Foerster. He also 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, and 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.

Recent Works

Anarchy is What Law Schools Make of It (in progress)

PILMap.org - A Global Survey on the Study of International Law (2014)

Compelled Diplomacy in Zivotofsky v. Kerry, 8 NYU J.L. & Liberty (invited contribution forthcoming 2014)

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

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

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