Professor Scoville teaches and writes on U.S. foreign relations law and international law. His research focuses on the various ways in which domestic law regulates U.S. diplomatic activities and, separately, on comparative international law. He is a Fulbright grant recipient, a periodic contributor at Lawfare, and a managing editor for AJIL Unbound, the online companion to the American Journal of International Law. 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. in International Studies from Brigham Young University, where he was the valedictorian. He speaks Japanese (JLPT N2).
Egocentric Bias in Perceptions of Customary International Law, in International Law as Behavior (Harlan G. Cohen & Timothy Meyer eds., forthcoming Cambridge University Press) [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]
International Law in National Schools, 92 Ind. L.J. 1449 (2017) [SSRN]
How Cosmopolitan Are International Law Professors?, 38 Mich. J. Int'l L. 119 (2016) (with Milan Markovic) [SSRN]
Finding Customary International Law, 101 Iowa L. Rev. 1893 (2016) [SSRN]
Legislative Diplomacy, 112 Mich. L. Rev. 331 (2013) [SSRN]