Ken Scott

Special Visiting Professor

401 UCB
2450 Kittredge Loop Drive
Wolf Law Building
Boulder, CO  80309

Ken Scott graduated with honors from both the University of Colorado-Boulder and Harvard Law School and has devoted his career to public interest law. He served for twelve years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice, where he investigated and prosecuted some of the Justice Department's largest criminal cases, as Chief of the Complex Prosecutions Section, specializing in white-collar, financial and environmental crimes. In January 1998, Ken moved with his wife and two sons to The Hague, Netherlands, where he was a senior prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for fourteen years, leading large teams of international lawyers, investigators, military analysts, historians, language staff, paralegals and others in successfully investigating and litigating cases against thirteen major war criminals, including a prime minister, defense minister, two army chiefs of staff, the head of the military police, a regional governor, other senior military commanders and a regional warlord. In recognition of his work in the former Yugoslavia, Ken received the Mostar Peace Prize in November 2017 (previous recipients include Nelson Mandela, Vaclav Havel and Jacques Chirac). Since returning to Denver in late 2011, Ken is engaged in an extensive human right, international humanitarian law (war crimes) and international criminal law practice, ranging from assessing international law enforcement efforts against Somali maritime piracy to training Kurdish lawyers and judges from northern Syria. From March 2014 to the present time, he is a special prosecutor at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (in The Hague), investigating and prosecuting high-profile obstruction of justice cases. Since March 2014, Ken has been extensively involved with South Sudan human rights and war crimes issues in various capacities, with an American Bar Association/U.S. State Department project, as a consultant to Amnesty International and the Commission for International Justice & Accountability, and as a UN Commissioner on Human Rights in South Sudan (2016-2017). He is also a founder and steering committee member of an international working group on international criminal justice "best practices." Ken has served as an adjunct professor or lecturer at the U.S. Air Force Academy, the University of Colorado-Boulder and Regis University.


Spring 2021 International Human Rights Law LAWS 7440-801