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

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellowship at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
  • Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Distinguished Visiting Fellowship
  • Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation Fellowship
  • Affiliate Scholar, Stanford Center for Internet and Society
  • Senior Fellow, Center for Applied Cyber Security Research
  • 2014 IU-Bloomington Outstanding Junior Faculty Award
  • Fulbright Specialist Award in Law at Economics Institute, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Stephen M. Kellen Term Member, Council on Foreign Relations
  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) Outstanding Proceedings Paper Award
  • Stanford Law School Steven Block Civil Liberties Award for Writing on Civil Rights
  • Winner, 2015 Elinor Ostrom Award for Junior Faculty

Professional Interests

Cyber security and privacy, international law and relations, property, and sustainability.

Personal Interests

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


Scott Shackelford serves on the faculty of Indiana University where he teaches cybersecurity law and policy, sustainability, and international business law among other courses. He is a senior fellow at the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research as well as a National Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. A graduate of Stanford Law School and the University of Cambridge, he has written more than seventy articles, essays, and book chapters that have been published in outlets such as the American Business Law Journal, University of Illinois Law Review, the American University Law Review, and the Wisconsin Law Review. Professor Shackelford has also written a book on cybersecurity law and policy entitled MANAGING CYBER ATTACKS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW, BUSINESS, AND RELATIONS: IN SEARCH OF CYBER PEACE published by Cambridge University Press, while his research has been covered by National Public Radio, The Atlantic Wire, Politico, and Newsweek. Both Professor Shackelford’s academic work and teaching have been recognized with awards, including a Fulbright Award in law, Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study Distinguished Fellowship, Academy of Legal Studies in Business Outstanding Paper Award, Stanford Law School Steven Block Civil Liberties Award for Writing on Civil Rights, Indiana University Trustees’ Teaching Award for Excellence, Kelley School of Business Innovative Teaching Award, and the Campus Sustainability Award for Teaching Excellence. He was also the recipient of the 2014 Indiana University Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. A frequent speaker to a variety of audiences, Professor Shackelford has presented his research on cybersecurity at diverse forums ranging from the Prime Minister and Cabinet Office of the Government of Australia to NATO and the Harvard Business Review.

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.