School of Peace Studies

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Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110

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About the Kroc School

Dustin N. Sharp

Assistant Professor

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

Dustin N. Sharp is an Assistant Professor at the Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego, specializing in international human rights and transitional justice. Professor Sharp’s 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. His classes typically enroll equal numbers of law and peace studies students.

Prior to joining the Kroc School faculty, 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 militias. Sharp has continued his work in West Africa since coming to USD, overseeing the West African Human Rights Training Initiative, a three-year capacity-building program focusing on 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 United States 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 United States 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and was a Peace Corps volunteer from 1996-98, serving in Guinea.

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

Representative Publications:

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

• Sharp, Dustin. “Emancipating Transitional Justice from the Bonds of the Paradigmatic Transition,” 9 International Journal of Transitional Justice 150 (2015).

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

• Sharp, Dustin. Justice & Economic Violence in Transition (Springer Publications 2014).

• Sharp, Dustin. “Addressing Dilemmas of the Global and the Local in Transitional Justice,” 29 Emory International Law Review 71 (2014).

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

• Sharp, Dustin. Interrogating the Peripheries; The Preoccupations of Fourth Generation Transitional Justice, 26 Harvard Human Rights Journal 149 (2013).

• Sharp, Dustin. “Beyond the Post-Conflict Checklist: Linking Peacebuilding and Transitional Justice Through the Lens of Critique,” 14 Chicago Journal of International Law (2013).

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

• Sharp, Dustin. “Requiem for a Pipedream; Oil, the World Bank, and the Need for Human Rights Assessments,” 25 Emory International Law Review 379 (2011).

Full list of publications. 

Current Courses:

• PJS 580/LWIC 543 – International Justice and Human Rights
• PJS 588/LWIC 527 – Human Rights Advocacy
• PJS 582/LWIC 590 – Transitional Justice