ScottScott Gilmore, Staff Attorney, is a U.S. lawyer based in Washington, DC. Scott represents victims of atrocity crimes in civil and criminal matters. His practice focuses on the investigation of international crimes, transnational lawyering, and foreign sovereign litigation. He also leads CJA’s advocacy in Washington around prevention and accountability for mass atrocities.

Scott has investigated war crimes and torture in Syria, assisted the prosecution of Duvalier-era officials in Haiti, and pioneered litigation strategies to challenge cyber-surveillance targeting journalists and human rights defenders. He has a B.A. in literature and Jewish studies from McGill University, a J.D. from George Washington University Law School (high honors, Order of the Coif), and certification in international human rights and humanitarian law from Oxford University. Prior to law school, Scott was a policy and communications consultant with CJA and a French interpreter for torture survivors. He was also a professional musician in the indie-rock band A Silver Mount Zion and klezmer band Black Ox Orkestar. A fluent French speaker, he wrote and directed plays with Le Petit Théâtre de l’Absolu, a French-American theater company performing works on mass violence and the politics of memory. Scott is admitted to practice in California and the District of Columbia.





Selected Publications

Sanction and Socialize: Command Responsibility and Corporate Accountability for Human
Rights Crimes, in Corporate Social Responsibility? Human Rights in the New Global Economy, University of Chicago Press (August 2015).

Suing the Surveillance States: The (Cyber) Tort Exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, 46 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 227 (2015).

Remembering the Holocaust, Reckoning with Today’s Atrocities, The Hill, Apr. 16, 2015,

Note, Immunity Disorders: The Conflict of Foreign Official Immunity and Human Rights Litigation, 80 George Washington Law Review 918 (2012).

Review of Darius Rejali’s Torture and Democracy, 35 Social Justice 143 (2009).

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