B.A., Yale University; J.D., Yale University; M.A.L.D., Tufts University
David B. Sullivan teaches Introduction to International Law as an Adjunct Professor. Mr. Sullivan serves in the State Department as the U.S. National Contact Point (NCP) for the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises on Responsible Business Conduct, and Senior Adviser on Corporate Social Responsibility; he was appointed to that position in November 2021. In this capacity he promotes business conduct that is not only commercially viable, but also conducted in a manner consistent with high standards related to labor, the environment, human rights, and other sustainability factors.
Mr. Sullivan was previously a senior State Department attorney. Between 1998, when he joined the Department’s Office of the Legal Adviser, and 2021, he served as an Attorney-Adviser in offices for international claims, law enforcement, the Western Hemisphere, employment and ethics, human rights, and economic and business affairs. He also served as the senior legal adviser to the U.S. Mission to the UN in Geneva.
Before joining the State Department, Mr. Sullivan worked as an Honors Attorney with the Department of the Treasury, an Associate with White & Case, and a law clerk for Chief Justice Dan Moore and Justice Dana Fabe of the Alaska Supreme Court. Prior to law school, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Eswatini and worked for IBM.
Mr. Sullivan has a JD from Yale Law School, a MALD (Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy) from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a BA from Yale College. He is from Cleveland, Ohio.