Dustin Sharp

Dustin Sharp
Phone: (619) 260-7807
Office: Kroc Inst for Peace & Justice 274

Associate Professor

  • Leiden University, PhD, Law
  • Harvard Law School, JD, cum laude, Law
  • University of Utah, BA, summa cum laude, English

Dustin N. Sharp, PhD, is an associate professor at the Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego, specializing in international human rights and transitional justice. His research focuses on the role of law in post-conflict environments, ranging from the work of human rights NGOs, to rule-of-law development assistance initiatives, to war crimes tribunals and truth commissions.

Sharp previously worked at Human Rights Watch, where he was responsible for designing and implementing research and advocacy strategies in Francophone West Africa, with an emphasis on countries in crisis such as Côte d'Ivoire and Guinea. He researched and authored reports on police torture and prison conditions, excessive use of force by security forces, and violent pro-government militias. At the Institute for Peace and Justice, he pioneered the West Africa Human Rights Training Initiative, a three-year capacity-building program for local human rights organizations in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.

A lawyer by training, Sharp began his legal career as an attorney-adviser at the U.S. Department of State where he represented the United States in multilateral treaty negotiations and advised the Bureau of International Organization Affairs. He served as a law clerk to Judge Carlos Lucero on the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guinea from 1996 to 1998.

Scholarly Work

“Pragmatism and Multidimensionality in Human Rights Advocacy,” Human Rights Quarterly (forthcoming, 2018)


Re-Thinking Transitional Justice for the 21st Century: Beyond the End of History (Cambridge University Press, 2018)


“Re-Appraising the Significance of ‘Third-Generation’ Rights in a Globalized World,” in Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko (ed.), Human Rights and Power in Times of Globalization (Brill | Nijoff, 2018)


“Transitional Justice and 'Local' Justice,” in Cheryl Lawther, Luke Moffett & Dov Jacobs (eds.), Research Handbook on Transitional Justice (Edward Elgar, 2017).


“Human Rights Fact-Finding and the Reproduction of Hierarchies,” in Philip Alston and Sarah Knuckey (eds.), The Transformation of Human Rights Fact-Finding (Oxford University Press, 2016).


“Emancipating Transitional Justice from the Bonds of the Paradigmatic Transition,” 9 Int’l J. Transitional Justice 150 (2015)


"Accountability: A Critical Link in the Security-Development Nexus," in Jessica Piombo (ed.), The U.S. Military in Africa: Enhancing Security & Development (Lynnne Rienner, 2015).


"Security Sector Reform for Human Security: The Role of International Law and Transitional Justice in Shaping More Effective Policy and Practice," in Matthew Saul & James Sweeney (eds.), International Law & Post-Conflict Reconstruction Policy (Routledge, 2015).


“The Significance of Human Rights for the Debt of Countries in Transition,” in Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky & Jernej Cernic (eds.), Making Sovereign Financing & Human Rights Work (Hart Publishing, 2014).


Justice & Economic Violence in Transition (Springer, 2014).


“Addressing Dilemmas of the Global and the Local in Transitional Justice,” 29 Emory Int'l L. Rev. 71 (2014).


“Beyond the Post-Conflict Checklist: Linking Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice Through the Lens of Critique,” 14 Chicago J. Int'l L. 165 (2013).


“Interrogating the Peripheries; The Preoccupations of Fourth Generation Transitional Justice,” 26 Harv. Hum. Rts. J. 149 (2013).


"Bridging the Gap; DDR, Transitional Justice and the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission," in Chandra Lekha Sriram, Olga Martin-Ortega, and Johanna Herman (eds.), Transitional Justice & Peacebuilding On the Ground: Victims and Excombatants (Routledge, 2012).


“Addressing Economic Violence in Times of Transition: Toward a Positive-Peace Paradigm for Transitional Justice,” 35 Fordham Int'l L. J. 780 (2012).


“Requiem for a Pipedream; Oil, the World Bank, and the Need for Human Rights Assessments,” 25 Emory Int’l L. Rev. 379 (2011).

Areas of Interest

  • International Law: Public International Law, Human Rights Law
  • Human rights advocacy and NGOs
  • Transitional Justice
  • Post-Conflict Peacebuilding
  • Economic and Social Rights
  • Justice and Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa

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