Daimeon Shanks-Dumont



Doctoral Candidate in Jurisprudence and Social Policy (ABD)

Daimeon Shanks is a PhD candidate in the Jurisprudence and Social Policy program at Berkeley Law, studying legal history, jurisprudence, and political philosophy. He graduated from the University of Colorado Law School in 2019, where he studied international law, international human rights, American Indian law, and administrative law. At Colorado, Daimeon was an assistant editor on the University of Colorado Law Review, a Student Attorney for the Maya Leaders Association of Belize in the American Indian Law clinic, and twice a member of Colorado's Jessup International Moot Court Competition team. He worked as a legal assistant to the Chair of the 70th session of the International Law Commission, a sub-organ of the United Nations General Assembly that is mandated with the progressive development and codification of international law.

Daimeon's dissertation research project concerns the history of international legal norms and international community as articulated around energy extraction, in particular the nexus of sovereignty as it developed in relation to whaling on the high seas, and the global transition from coal to petroleum in the long nineteenth-century and after the First World War. Daimeon researches and writes on various topical areas of law, such as international criminal law, legal theory, historical methodology, administrative law, and immigration law.

J.D., University of Colorado Law School (certificates in International Law and Federal Indian Law); B.A., University of Oregon (major in Italian, minor in History).


  • The Ideological Functions of Ecocide, 36 Hague Y'Book Int'l L. (2024).
    The Aesthetics is International Criminal Law, Temple Int'l & Compar. L.J. (forthcoming 2024).
  • The New Normal: Regulatory Dysfunction as Policymaking, 82 Md. L. Rev 300 (2023) (with Ming Hsu Chen).
  • Entrance Fees: Self-Funded Agencies and the Economization of Immigration, 93 U. Colo. L. Rev. 405 (2022).
  • From Aspirational to Prescriptive Capacity Building: Post-Conflict States, Rule of Law, and Hybrid International Justice, 90 U. Colo. L. Rev. 1195 (2019).
  • Book Review: Anne Orford, International Law and the Politics of History, Comp. Legal Hist. (forthcoming 2023).
  • Book Review: Robert B. Reich’s The System: Who Rigged It, How We Fix It, 1(2) J. L. & Pol. Econ. (2020).