Advisor to Sovereigns, Expert in Political Prosecution
Scott Horton is a legal affairs and national security contributor to Harper’s Magazine who teaches at Columbia Law School. He joined Harpers in April 2007, as a legal affairs and national security contributor, and for years he authored the No Comment blog at Harper’s Online. It was in this blog that he often covered the Don Siegelman case with incisive clarity, and raised issues with the Alabama prosecution to a national/international level.
A life-long human rights advocate, Scott 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. Scott recently led a number of studies of 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.
He graduated Texas Law School in Austin with a JD.