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Richard Scott

Richard Scott

Emeritus Faculty

Docteur en Droit de l’Université, University of Paris;

J.D., University of Chicago

Professor Scott has had an illustrious career as an international lawyer, including service as Deputy General Counsel to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and for many years as the founding General Counsel to the International Energy Agency in Paris. He also served as Professor of International Law and Trustee of the American University of Paris, where he is now emeritus.

He is co-author of The International Legal System, one of the most respected and widely used casebooks in the world, with the sixth ion now available.  Professor Scott is also the acclaimed author of the three-volume History of the International Energy Agency, and co-author of two European Union law casebooks: European Union Law – A New Constitutional Order and European Union Economic Law and Common Policies, with a new ion for both now in preparation.


The International Legal System: Cases and Materials (with Mary Ellen O'Connell, Naomi Roht-Arriaza, and Daniel Bradlow) (7th ed. Foundation Press 2015)

The Law of the European Union (with Alain Levasseur, Christine Corcos, Arnaud Raynouard, and Joel Moneger) (2d ed. Carolina Academic Press 2013)

The International Legal System, Cases and Materials (with Mary Ellen O’Connell and Naomi Roht-Arriaza) (Foundation Press, 6th ed., 2010)

European Economic Law and Common Policies (with Alain A. Levasseur, Arnaud Raynouard, Artemis Togoussidou-Meletis) (Carolina Academic Press, 2006)

The Law of the European Union: A New Constitutional Order, Volume II (with Alain A. Levasseur, Arnoud Raynouard and Melchior Wathalet, Durham, NC: Carolina Academic Press, 2006)

European Economic Law and Common Policies (with Alain A. Levasseur, Arnaud Raynouard, Artemis Togoussidou-Meletis) (Carolina Academic Press, 2006)

The International Legal System: Cases and Materials (with Christopher L. Blakesley, Edwin B. Firmage, and Sharon A. Williams) (with Documentary Supplement) (Foundation, 5th ed. 2001)

Cases And Materials on the International Legal System (with Oliver, Firmage, Blakesley and Williams, New York: Foundation, 4th ed. 1995)

The History of the International Energy Agency, Volume I, (OECD Paris, 1994), Volumes II and III, (OECD, 1995)


Member, orial Board (1988-present), Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law

Contributing or (1985-present), International Legal Materials (American Society of International Law)

Articles, Book Chapters, And Article-Length Works

Oil Supply, Oil Security, and Environmental Objectives in International Law, in Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, Institutional and Infrastructural Resources: The Role of International Law and Institutions, § (UNESCO-Eolss, 2002) (published online,

The IEA: Beyond the First Twenty Years, 13 J. Energy & Nat. Resources L. 239 (1995)

Settlement of Disputes Within the IEA Oil Emergency Sharing System, 19 St. Mary's L.J. 897 (1988)

Role of the IEA in World Energy Supplies, 3 Hous. J. Int'l L. 101 (1980)

Innovation in International Organization: The International Energy Agency, 1 Hastings Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 1 (1977)

Other Scholarship

Download a list of Professor Scott’s older scholarly works.

The European Union’s First Constitution, San Diego World Affairs Council North County, San Diego, CA, Mar. 2005

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty is highly prolific in the field of legal scholarship and our professors are in demand as speakers and panelists at legal events in the U.S. and abroad.