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Indiana University Bloomington

Business Law

Scott Shackelford

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(812) 855-9308
sjshacke [at] indiana [dot] edu (E-mail)
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  • Assistant Professor of Business Law and Ethics


  • Bloomington


  • JD, with Academic and Pro Bono Distinction, Stanford University
  • PhD in Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge
  • Masters in International Relations, First Honors, University of Cambridge
  • BA, Summa Cum Laude, Indiana University

Professional Experience

  • Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC, Summer Associate
  • NASA Office of General Counsel, Mountain View, CA, Clerk
  • Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi, India, Boren Fellow

Professional Interests

Cyber security and privacy, international law and relations, property, and environmental law

Personal Interests

Traveling, science journalism and fiction, marathon running, kayaking, crew, music, and aviation


Professor Shackelford earned his Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Indiana University, his Masters in International Relations, with highest distinction, from the University of Cambridge as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, and his J.D., with academic and pro bono distinction, from Stanford Law School where he was co-Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of International Law. Prior to joining the Kelley School faculty, Professor Shackelford worked at the multinational law firm Hogan Lovells, clerked at the NASA Office of General Counsel, and taught law to undergraduates at Stanford University. Professor Shackelford teaches cybersecurity, international business law, and sustainability among other courses, as well as being a fellow at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. He has written more than 30 articles, essays, and book chapters that have been published in such publications as the New York University Environmental Law Journal, American Business Law Journal, Stanford Environmental Law Journal, and the Berkeley Journal of International Law. Professor Shackelford has also written op-eds on the topic of cybersecurity that have been published in the Huffington Post and the San Francisco Chronicle, while his research has been covered by National Public Radio, the Atlantic, and USA Today. His academic work has been recognized with such awards as the Stanford Law School Steven Block Civil Liberties Award for Writing on Civil Rights, and in 2011 Professor Shackelford won the Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award for Excellence. A frequent speaker to a variety of audiences, Professor Shackelford has presented his research on cybersecurity at diverse forums, including Notre Dame, Georgetown, Australian National University, the Prime Minister and Cabinet Office of the Government of Australia, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, NATO, the Swedish National Defense College, and the Indiana Counter Proliferation Task Force.

Selected Publications

  • Shackelford, Scott J. (2014), Managing Cyber Attacks in International Law, Business and Relations: In Search of Cyber Peace, Cambridge University Press.

  • Shackelford, Scott J. (2014), "Neither Magic Bullet Nor Lost Cause: Land Titling and the Wealth of Nations," New York University Environmental Law Journal, volume 21.

  • Shackelford, Scott J. (2014), "Governing the Final Frontier: A Polycentric Approach to Managing Space Weaponization and Debris," American Business Law Journal, 51(2): 429–513.

  • Shackelford, Scott J. (2013), "Toward Cyber Peace: Managing Cyber Attacks through Polycentric Governance," American University Law Review, 62(5): 1273-1364.

  • Shackelford, Scott J. (2012), "Fragile Merchandise: A Comparative Analysis of the Privacy Rights of Public Figures," 19(1) American Business Law Journal, 125 (2012).  

  • Shackelford, Scott J. (2012), "Should Your Firm Invest in Cyber Risk Insurance?," 55 (4) Business Horizons 349 (July–Aug.2012)

  • Shackelford, Scott J. "In Search of Cyber Peace: A Response to the Cybersecurity Act of 2012," 64 Stanford Law Review Online 106 (Mar. 8, 2012), available at

  • Shackelford, Scott J. "How to Enhance Cybersecurity and Create American Jobs, Huffington Post, July 16, 2012,

  • Shackelford, Scott J. (2011), "Defining Privacy in the Information Age," Arizona State Law Journal, Apr. 8, 2011, available at

  • Shackelford, Scott J. (2011), “SHACKELFORD: Hacking of Sony could final trigger tough action,” Washington Times, May 12, 2011, available at

  • Shackelford, Scott J. (2011), The Wonders of the Future, THIS I BELIEVE: ON FATHERHOOD 58 (Dan Gediman, John Gregory, & Mary Jo Gediman eds., 2011).

  • Shackelford, Scott J. (2011), "Was Selden Right? The Expansion of Closed Seas and its Consequences," 47(1) Stanford Journal of International Law 1 (2011) (lead article)

  • Shackelford, Scott J. (2010), “Getting Burma Back Online,” Huffington Post, Nov. 5, 2010,

  • Shackelford, Scott J. (2010), "Estonia Three Years Later: A Progress Report on Combating Cyber Attacks," Journal of Internet Law, Vol. 13, No. 8, February, pp. 22-29.

  • Shackelford, Scott J. (2010), "Google Needs Help Against Online Attackers," San Francisco Chronicle, Jan. 24, 2010, at E-4.

  • Shackelford, Scott J. (2009), "From Net War to Nuclear War: Analogizing Cyber Attacks in International Law," 27 Berkeley Journal of International Law 192 (2009)

  • Shackelford, Scott J. and Lawrence M. Friedman (2009), "Legally Incompetent: A Research Note," American Journal of Legal History, Vol. 29. 

  • Shackelford, Scott J. (2009), "The Tragedy of the Common Heritage of Mankind," 28 Stanford Environmental Law Journal 109 (2009)

  • Shackelford, Scott J. (2008), "In the Name of Efficiency: The Role of Permanent Lok Adalats in the Indian Justice System and Power Infrastructure," in Manoj Kumar Sinha (ed.), Global Governance, Development and Human Rights.