David L. Sloss

John A. and Elizabeth H. Sutro Professor of Law

Professor Sloss is an internationally renowned scholar who has published three books and a few dozen book chapters and law review articles. His scholarship focuses on the relationship between domestic law and international affairs. His work in this area is informed by a decade of experience in the federal government, where he helped draft and negotiate several major international treaties. Professor Sloss is currently writing a book on information warfare and social media.

Prior to joining the Santa Clara University School of Law faculty, Professor Sloss taught for nine years at Saint Louis University School of Law. Before Sloss started his teaching career, he worked as a litigation associate at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto and clerked for Senior Judge Joseph T. Sneed, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, San Francisco. He also worked for the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency for nine years before he attended law school. During that time Sloss helped draft and negotiate three major East-West arms control treaties.

Professor Sloss has written a proposed federal statute that is designed to reduce the electronic amplification of lies and misinformation. For more information, see https://coalitionfornationalfactchecking.org/#overview.

Recent Commentary

Confronting Disinformation webinar for Peninsula Peace and Justice Center

Riot in the Capitol: Blame the Supreme Court, post on the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics blog

The Best Way to Regulate Disinformation, post on opiniojuris.org blog

Interview on Senate Impeachment Trial on NBC Bay Area News (Part I – Constitutional Expert Address Impeachment Trail)

Interview on Senate Impeachment Trial on NBC Bay Area News (Part II – Constitutional Expert Address Impeachment Trail)


J.D., Stanford University, 1996

M.P.P., Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, 1983

B.A., Hampshire College, 1981

Areas of Specialization

International Law, Constitutional Law, International Human Rights, Treaties, U.S. Foreign Relations Law, Information Warfare, Nuclear Proliferation

Affiliations and Honors

  • ASIL book award for a “preeminent contribution to creative scholarship,” for THE DEATH OF TREATY SUPREMACY: AN INVISIBLE CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE (2017)
  • ASIL book award for “high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers and scholars,” for INTERNATIONAL LAW IN THE U.S. SUPREME COURT: CONTINUITY AND CHANGE (2012)
  • Member, American Law Institute (since 2013)
  • Member of Bar of United States Supreme Court (since 2010)
  • Member, International Law Association (since 2008)
  • Member, American Society of International Law (since 1999)
  • Member, American Bar Association (since 1999)
  • Member, State Bar of California (admitted 1997)