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The University of Pennsylvania boasts one of the nation’s broadest and deepest concentrations of scholars working at or near the intersection of law and philosophy. This breadth is richly represented at the Institute, whose 17 faculty members – more than half of whom have earned both a JD and a PhD – hold principal appointments in the Law School, the Philosophy Department, and at Wharton. The collective expertise of Institute faculty members ranges across the landscape of legal, moral, and political philosophy, covering such subfields as general jurisprudence, philosophy of criminal law, philosophy of tort law, philosophy of contracts, constitutional theory, democratic theory, liberalism, business ethics, bioethics, the ethics of war, distributive justice, racial and gender justice, global justice – and many more.

Director

Stephen R. Perry

John J. O’Brien Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests:   Political Philosophy, Jurisprudence, Philosophy of Tort Law, Philosophy of Responsibility, Morality of Risk Imposition.

 

Co-directors

Mitchell Berman

Leon Meltzer Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests:  Constitutional Theory, Philosophy of Criminal Law, General Jurisprudence, Philosophy of Sport.

 

William Ewald

Professor of Law and Philosophy

Research Interests:   Philosophy of Comparative Law, Constitutional History and Theory, General Jurisprudence, Philosophy of Mathematics.

 

 

 

 

 

Affiliated Faculty

Anita L. Allen

Vice-Provost for Faculty
Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests:  Privacy and Data Protection Law, Philosophy and Ethics of Privacy, Bioethics and the Law, Applied Ethics, African American Philosophy, Jurisprudence, Torts, Substantive Due Process.

Brian Berkey

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics

Research Interests: Moral Demandingness, Individual Obligations of Justice, Climate Change Ethics, Ideal and Non-ideal Theory, Collective Obligations, Methodology in Ethics

Nicolas Cornell

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics

Research Interests:  Normative Ethics, Private Law Theory, Contract Law.

Claire O. Finkelstein

Algernon Biddle Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy
Director, Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law

Research Interests:  Philosophy of Criminal Law, Philosophy of Contracts, Jurisprudence, Moral and Political Philosophy, Law of War.

Samuel Freeman

Avalon Professor in the Humanities
Professor of Philosophy and Law, and Graduate Chair of Philosophy

Research Interests:  Political Philosophy, Philosophy and the Constitution, Distributive Justice, Moral Philosophy.

Alexander Guerrero

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests:  Moral and Political Philosophy, Democratic Theory, Philosophy of Criminal Law and Punishment, Legal Ethics, Bioethics, General Jurisprudence.

Robert C. Hughes

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics

Research Interests: Law and Coercion, Ethics of Obeying Unenforced and Under-enforced Law, Democratic Theory, Justice in Medical Care and Clinical Research.

Leo Katz

Frank Carano Professor of Law

Research Interests: Criminal Law, Philosophy of Criminal Law, Problems of Law and Morality, Legal Theory.

Errol Lord

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Research Interests:  Metaethics, Normative Ethics, Philosophy of Action.

Stephen J. Morse

Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law
Professor of Psychology and Law in Psychiatry
Associate Director, Center for Neuroscience & Society 

Research Interests:  Philosophy of Criminal Law, Philosophy of Responsibility, Bioethics, Philosophy and Neuroscience.

Eric W. Orts

Guardsmark Professor
Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics and Management
Director, Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership

Research Interests:  Business Theory, Corporate Law, Environmental Sustainability.

Amy Sepinwall

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics

Research Interests:  Freedom of Expression, Criminal Law Theory, White Collar Crime and Corporate Responsibility, Gender and Racial Justice.

Alan Strudler

Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics

Research Interests:  Normative Ethics, Business Ethics.

Kok-Chor Tan

Professor of Philosophy, and Undergraduate Chair

Research Interests:  Global Justice, Distributive Justice, Pluralism and Universalism, Multiculturalism, Human Rights.