Dustin Sharp

Dustin Sharp
Phone: (619) 260-7807
Office: Kroc Institute for Peace & Jus 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.

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