Deputy Assistant Secretary Scott Busby to join HRI as Distinguished Fellow this fall

June 26, 2023

Georgetown Law’s Human Rights Institute is thrilled to announce that Deputy Assistant Secretary Scott Busby will join the Human Rights Institute this Fall as a Distinguished Fellow.

Scott has spent more than 30 years working on human rights, refugee, and migration issues, serving in a variety of positions with the U.S. government and international organizations.

“We are excited to welcome Scott into the human rights community at Georgetown Law,” said HRI Executive Director Elisa Massimino. “Our students will benefit greatly from access to his wealth of experience and wisdom about how to make the levers of government work to strengthen respect for human rights everywhere.”

Scott has a distinguished career of public service in human rights.  For the last decade, he has served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. Department of State, where he has overseen at various times the bureau’s work on the East Asia and the Pacific region, Africa, the Western Hemisphere, multilateral issues, business and human rights, labor issues, and human rights-based sanctions. Scott also served for an extended period as Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, during which time he managed the bureau’s budget, personnel, and programs.

Scott did two stints as a director on human rights and refugee issues at the National Security Council (1997-2000 and 2009-2011), directed the Office of Policy and Resource Planning at the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration in the Department of State (2001-2005), and worked as a lawyer and asylum officer with the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service.

Scott also has served with two international organizations:  first as a lawyer at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Washington, D.C. (1992-1995) and second as Coordinator of the Intergovernmental Consultations on Refugees, Migration, and Asylum (2005-2009), which was administered by the International Organization for Migration.

Scott holds advanced degrees in sociology and law from the University of California at Berkeley and received his B.A. from Amherst College.

“I look forward to being part of Georgetown Law’s vibrant human rights community,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary Busby. “I especially look forward to using my time with the Human Rights Institute to reflect on my experience in government and engage with students on the most pressing human rights issues of the day.”

Scott will officially join the Human Rights Institute as a Distinguished Fellow on September 5th, 2023.