Ryan Scoville

Professor of Law
(414) 288-6450
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: 
Civil Procedure, International Law, U.S. Foreign Relations Law, Conflict of Laws


Professor Scoville teaches and writes on U.S. foreign relations law and international law. He is a Fulbright grant recipient and a former associate managing editor for AJIL Unbound. Before entering academia, he 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. from Brigham Young University.


Selected Works

The International Commitments of the Fifty States, 70 UCLA L. Rev. (forthcoming 2023) [SSRN]

U.S. State Agreements with Foreign Governments (W.S. Hein & Co., forthcoming 2022) (co-edited with Mitchell Knief)

U.S. Foreign Relations Law from the Outside In, 47 Yale J. Int'l L. 1 (2022) [SSRN]

Unqualified Ambassadors, 69 Duke L.J. 71 (2019) [SSRN]

Who Studies International Law? Explaining Cross-National Variation in Compulsory International Legal Education, 30 Eur. J. Int'l L. 481 (2019) (with Mark Berlin) [SSRN]

Ad Hoc Diplomats, 68 Duke L.J. 907 (2019) [SSRN]

Finding Customary International Law, 101 Iowa L. Rev. 1893 (2016) [SSRN]

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