Scott Horton is a New York attorney known for his work in emerging markets and international law, especially human rights law and the law of armed conflict. He currently lectures at Columbia Law School.
A lifelong human rights advocate, Horton served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner, among other activists in the former Soviet Union. He is a co-founder of the American University in Central Asia, where he currently serves as a trustee, and has been involved in some of the most significant foreign investment projects in the central Eurasian region.
Horton recently led a number of studies of abuse issues associated with the conduct of the war on terror for the New York City Bar Association, where he has chaired several committees, including, most recently, the committee on international law. He is also a member of the board of the National Institute of Military Justice, the EurasiaGroup and the American Branch of the International Law Association and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
He was a partner at Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler until January 2007, when he left to write a book on private military contractors and to manage a project on that subject for Human Rights First. Since April 2007, he has also been a legal affairs and national security contributor to Harper’s magazine and the author of a regular opinion column for the American Lawyer.
He received his J.D. from the Texas Law School in Austin.