Moral Foundations of Law Seminar

Moral Foundations Web Banner 2016July 31 – August 6, 2016
Princeton, New Jersey

Moral Foundations of Law is a week-long program investigating the relationship between sound norms of critical morality and civil law. Under the direction of Gerard V. Bradley (Notre Dame Law School), the seminar examines the relation between moral and legal philosophy in the Anglo-American tradition both in legal positivism and the natural law tradition. Seminar discussions covers the history and development of legal theory, the positivism-natural law debate, questions regarding constitutionalism and the judiciary, the nature of punishment, and contemporary social moral debates in the law. Evening lectures are presented by legal experts, including appellate court judges and law professors.

6541Past seminar faculty include: John Keown (Georgetown University), Edith Clement (U.S. Court of Appeals of the 5th Circuit), Edith Jones (U.S. Court of Appeals of the 5th Circuit), Patrick Lee (Franciscan University of Steubenville) and Gerry Wegemer (University of Dallas).

Seminar Faculty:
Gerard V. Bradley, Notre Dame Law School
Adam MacLeod, Faulkner University
Robert P. George, Princeton University
John M. Finnis, University of Oxford; Notre Dame Law School
Matthew Franck, Witherspoon Institute

This seminar is open to rising 2L and 3L JD candidates as well as LLM and JSD candidates. International applicants with undergraduate degrees in law are also welcome to apply.

Registration Fee and Facilities
A $200 non-refundable registration fee is required of all accepted students. This fee covers room and board for the duration of the seminar.

Application Requirements and Instructions:
Please submit the following forms and documents via e-mail to Patrick Hough (

1. Curriculum vitae or resume.
2. Cover letter discussing the reasons for your interest in the seminar and an overview of any relevant experience in the seminar’s topic.
3. One letter of recommendation.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until April 1, 2016.