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Scott Gilmore


Scott is an international human rights lawyer who represents claimants around the world.

Scott is fluent in French.


With over a decade of experience in human rights investigation and litigation, Scott has represented clients in matters focusing on mass atrocities, environmental threats, media freedom, and digital privacy.

Practice Areas

  • 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 group of Sri Lankan torture survivors under the Torture Victim Protection Act who allege they were subjected to years of arbitrary detention and abuse in Sri Lanka under the authority of Gotabaya Rajapaksa, at the time a U.S. citizen and Defense Secretary of the island nation.

Environmental Threats

  • Children v. the Climate Crisis: Chiara Sacchi et al. v. Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, and Turkey – In which Hausfeld and co-counsel Earthjustice represent 16 children from around the world, including Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Villaseñor, in a complaint filed before the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child alleging violations of children’s rights to life, health, and culture by five members of the G20 whose failure to reduce carbon emissions is perpetuating climate change. 

What Others Say

  • Lawdragon has selected Scott as a “Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyer” (2020)
  • Scott has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Week” by The Times of London (2019)
  • Scott’s work holding the Syrian government accountable for the killing of famed war correspondent Marie Colvin was hailed as “highly commended” at the 2018 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards.


George Washington University Law School, J.D., with high honors and Order of the Coif, 2012

McGill University, B.A., with distinction, 2001

Bar Admissions

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

Associate, George Washington Law Review


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, "The Role and Impact of Litigation and Other Legal Processes on Accountability in the Cyber Security and Spyware Market,” Citizen Lab Workshop on Transparency and Accountability in the Spyware and Cybersecurity Industry Through Litigation, Regulation, and International Frameworks, September 16, 2019.

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, December 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, October 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, October 21, 2012.

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