Richard Mackenzie-Gray Scott

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Other affiliations

St Antony's College


Dr Richard Mackenzie-Gray Scott is Postdoctoral Fellow at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and St Antony’s College, where his research is funded by the British Academy. He also holds a visiting professorship at the Center for Technology and Society in the Getulio Vargas Foundation, Rio de Janeiro. He previously worked at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, part of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, where he was a research fellow and a member of its equality, diversity and inclusion committee.

Richard has provided evidence to the Scottish Government, the UK Government, and the UK Parliament, and has worked on cases before the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the London Court of International Arbitration, the UK Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeal. He also served on the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute Task Force on Drones. 

His research has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals, including the International Journal of Law & Information Technology, the International & Comparative Law Quarterly, Art, Antiquity & Law, the Leiden Journal of International Law, and the Journal of Conflict & Security Lawand reported on in the press, including newspapers such as The Herald and The Times, as well as being referred to by the International Committee of the Red Cross, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence, and the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee of the UK Parliament. He has also written for Prospect Magazine, Tech Policy Press, and Verfassungsblog, among other outlets.

He is the author of State Responsibility for Non-State Actors: Past, Present and Prospects for the Future (2022) – re-issued in paperback (2024).



Research Interests

Richard’s research interests span a number of subjects, including artificial intelligence, behavioural economics, constitutional studies, cultural heritage, human rights, moral responsibility, political philosophy, public international law, and socioeconomic inequality.