Scott Gilmore is Of Counsel to the firm and an international human rights lawyer who represents claimants around the world. He has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Week” by The Times of London. His work holding the Syrian government accountable for the killing of famed war correspondent Marie Colvin was hailed as “highly commended” in the 2018 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards.
With over a decade of experience in human rights investigation and litigation, Scott has represented clients in matters focusing on mass atrocities, media freedom, and digital privacy.
His representative matters include:
Colvin v. Syrian Arab Republic, in which Scott, as lead counsel, won a $303.6 million judgment against the Syrian government on behalf of the family of Marie Colvin, a war correspondent for the Sunday Times who was tracked, targeted, and killed in 2012 by Syrian government forces.
Samathanam v. Rajapaksa, in which Hausfeld represents a Canadian torture survivor who was subjected to three years of arbitrary detention and abuse in Sri Lanka under the authority of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, a U.S. citizen and former Defense Secretary of the island nation.
Scott graduated from the George Washington University Law School with high honors and Order of the Coif. Fluent in French, he is also a professional musician, recording artist, and theater performer.
George Washington University Law School, J.D., with high honors and Order of the Coif, 2012
McGill University, B.A., with distinction, 2001
District of Columbia
Northern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th. Circuit
Affiliations & Memberships
“Lawyer of the Week,” February 14, 2019, The Times of London
“Highly commended,” 2018 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards (Innovation in the Rule of Law and Access to Justice)
George Washington Law Review, Associate
News & Press
Sri Lankans Accuse Him of War Crimes. California May Decide (New York Times April 19, 2019)
Syria Ordered to Pay $302.5 Million to Family of Marie Colvin (New York Times January 31, 2019)
With Syria’s War Nearly Over, Victims Take the Battle to European Courts (NPR: Morning Edition with Deb Amos Aug. 13, 2018)
Target Journalist: How the Assad Regime Tracked and Killed Marie Colvin for Reporting on War Crimes in Syria (The Intercept April 9, 2018)
Haiti’s Violent Politics Are Taken to Court. In Boston. (New York Times April 1, 2017)
Scott Gilmore, American Society of International Law, “United Nations Security Council Resolution 2379,” 57 International Legal Materials 960 (2018).
Scott Gilmore, “Sanction and Socialize: Military Command Responsibility and Corporate Accountability for Atrocities,” in Corporate Social Responsibility? Human Rights in the New Global Economy, University of Chicago Press (August 2015).
Scott Gilmore, “Suing the Surveillance States: The (Cyber) Tort Exception to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act,” 46 Columbia Human Rights Law Review 227 (2015).
Scott Gilmore, “Note: Immunity Disorders: The Conflict of Foreign Official Immunity and Human Rights Litigation,” 80 George Washington Law Review 918 (2012).
Scott Gilmore, “Darius Rejali’s Torture and Democracy,” 35 Social Justice 143 (2009).
Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology, Smithsonian Folkways (2011) (liner note contributor).
The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe, Yale Univ. Press (2008) (researcher).
Presentations & Speeches
Speaker, “Daesh’s Attack on Iraq’s Yazidi Community,” United Nations Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict in collaboration with the German and Iraqi Permanent Missions to the UN, Dec. 19, 2017.
Panelist, “International Criminal Justice: Achievements and Challenges in Syria and Beyond.” UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, July 17, 2017.
Speaker, “Digital Rights, Digital Repression: The Dual Roles of Technology in Human Rights,” Google–San Francisco, Oct. 19, 2016.
Presenter, “Corporate Social Responsibility and International Justice,” American Society for Legal History Conference, October 30, 2015.
Speaker, “70 Years After Nuremberg: New Challenges for International Justice,” U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, October 21, 2015.
Panelist, “Accountability in Sri Lanka,” U.S. Senate Human Rights Caucus, September 15, 2015.
Presenter, “All Tomorrow’s Massacres: Toward a Cybersecurity Framework for Mass Atrocity Crimes,” American Society of International Law Mid-Year Meeting, Oct. 21, 2012.