About the School
Dustin N. Sharp
- School of Peace Studies
- B.A. (summa cum laude) from the University of Utah
- J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School
- Ph.D (candidate) Leiden University
Dustin N. Sharp is an Assistant Professor at the Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. He teaches courses on transitional justice and international human rights law and advocacy.
Professor Sharp’s research focuses on the role of law in post-conflict peacebuilding and the intersection of economic development and human rights. His current work examines critical theories of peacebuilding and transitional justice.
Professor Sharp has over seven years experience working on issues of human rights, transitional justice, and educational development in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has been a regular media commentator on Radio France International, the BBC and Voice of America regarding conflict dynamics in the region. For the last three years, Professor Sharp oversaw the West African Human Rights Training Initiative, a capacity-building program focusing on local human rights organizations in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
Before coming to USD, Sharp 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 youth groups.
A lawyer by training, Sharp previously served as an Attorney-Adviser at the United States Department of State where he represented the United States in multilateral treaty negotiations and advised the Bureau of International Organization Affairs on matters concerning United Nations law and international institutional law. He was a Peace Corps volunteer from 1996-98, serving in Guinea.
JUSTICE AND ECONOMIC VIOLENCE IN TRANSITION (New York: Springer Publications, 2013).
Addressing Dilemmas of the Global and the Local in Transitional Justice (in progress)
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).
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).
Prosecutions, Development, and Justice; The Trial of Hissein Habré, 16 Harv. Hum. Rts. J. 149 (2003).
"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 AND POST-CONFLICT RECONSTRUCTION POLICY (Routledge, forthcoming 2014).
“Human Rights Fact-Finding and the Reproduction of Hierarchies,” in Philip Alston and Sarah Knuckey (eds.), HUMAN RIGHTS FACT-FINDING IN THE 21ST CENTURY (forthcoming 2014).
"Addressing Accountability and Impunity in the Traditional Security Sector; A Critical Link in the Security-Development Nexus," in Jessica Piombo (ed.), REDUCING INSECURITY IN AFRICA: ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (forthcoming 2014).
“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, forthcoming 2014).
"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 AND PEACEBUILDING ON THE GROUND: VICTIMS AND EXCOMBATANTS (London: Routledge, 2012).
The Best School; Student Violence, Impunity, and the Crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, Human Rights Watch, Vol. 20, No. X(A), May 2008.
Dying for Change; Brutality and Repression by Guinean Security Forces in Response to a Nationwide Strike, Human Rights Watch, Vol. 19, No. 5(A), April 2007.
The Perverse Side of Things; Torture, Inadequate Detention Conditions, and Excessive Use of Force by Guinean Security Forces, Human Rights Watch, Vol. 18, No. 7(A), August 2006.
Because They Have the Guns, I’m Left with Nothing; The Price of Continuing Impunity in Côte d’Ivoire, Human Rights Watch, Vol. 18, No. 4(A), May 2006.
Dustin N. Sharp
Phone | (619) 260-7807
Office | KIPJ 274
Mondays 12:30 to 15:30
Tuesdays from 11:00 to 12:00Syllabi