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Robert P. George

Robert P. George

McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Founder and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University

"The Nature and Scope of Religious Freedom"

8:00 PM Thursday, May 01, 2014
University Center Ballroom

"John Stuart Mill and John Henry Newman: Two Concepts of Liberty and Conscience"

3:10 PM Thursday, May 01, 2014
Gallagher Business Building 123

Please join us for a seminar and lecture with Professor Robert P. George of Princeton University.

Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Founder and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.  In 2012-13, he will be on leave from Princeton as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School.

In July 2013, he was elected Chairman of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.  He previously served on the President’s Council on Bioethics (2002-2009), and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights (1993-1998).  He has also served on UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology.  He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award.

Professor George is author of Making Men Moral:  Civil Liberties and Public Morality (1993), In Defense of Natural Law (1999), and The Clash of Orthodoxies (2001).  He is co-author of Embryo:  A Defense of Human Life (with Christopher Tollefsen) and Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics (with Patrick Lee).  He is editor of several volumes, including Natural Law Theory:  Contemporary Essays (1992), The Autonomy of Law:  Essays on Legal Positivism (1996), Natural Law, Liberalism, and Morality (1996), and Great Cases in Constitutional Law (2000).

Professor George’s articles and review essays have appeared in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Review of Politics, the Review of Metaphysics, and the American Journal of Jurisprudence.  He has also written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, National Review, First Things, the Boston Review, City Journal, and the Times Literary Supplement.

A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, Professor George also earned a master’s degree in theology from Harvard and a doctorate in philosophy of law from Oxford University.  He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa at Swarthmore, and received a Knox Fellowship from Harvard for graduate study in law and philosophy at Oxford.  He holds honorary doctorates of law, letters, ethics, science, divinity, humane letters, civil law, and juridical science.

Among his awards are the United States Presidential Citizens Medal, the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, the Bradley Prize for Intellectual and Civic Achievement, the Philip Merrill Award of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, the Sidney Hook Memorial Award of the National Association of Scholars, the Paul Bator Award of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy, a Silver Gavel Award of the American Bar Association, and the Stanley Kelley, Jr. Teaching Award in Politics at Princeton.  He was the 2007 John Dewey Lecturer in Philosophy of Law at Harvard, the 2008 Judge Guido Calabresi Lecturer at Yale, the 2008 Sir Malcolm Knox Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and the 2010 Frank Irvine Lecturer in Law at Cornell.

Professor George is general editor of New Forum Books, a Princeton University Press series of interdisciplinary works in law, culture, and politics.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as Of Counsel to the law firm of Robinson & McElwee.