Gavin Sullivan

Visiting Fellow
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Dr. Gavin Sullivan is a Reader in International Human Rights Law at Edinburgh Law School, The University of Edinburgh. His interdisciplinary research focuses on the politics of global security law, algorithmic governance and rights using socio-legal and ethnographic methods. His first book - The Law of the List: UN Counterterrorism Sanctions and the Politics of Global Security Law (Cambridge University Press, 2020) – was awarded the 2021 International Studies Association STAIR Book Award for research bringing Science and Technology Studies into dialogue with global politics, and the 2021 International Studies Association ILAW Book Award for its outstanding contribution to international law. In 2020 Gavin was awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship for his socio-legal research project, Infra-Legalities: Global Security Infrastructures, Artificial Intelligence and International Law (2021 – 2028). In this project, he leads an interdisciplinary team of scholars to examine how AI-led security, and the data infrastructures that sustain it, are reshaping global security law, rights and security decision-making. Since 2010 Dr. Sullivan has provided pro bono representation to people targeted by security lists worldwide, including before the UN Office of the Ombudsperson. He has worked widely as an expert consultant on counterterrorism issues, including for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and is currently a member of the ‘Transparency’ and ‘Legal Frameworks’ working groups of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism. Whilst at Princeton, Dr. Sullivan will be undertaking research and US-based fieldwork for his Infra-Legalities project.