Prof. John C. Harrison

James Madison Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

John C. Harrison joined the faculty in 1993 as an associate professor of law after a distinguished career with the U.S. Department of Justice. His teaching subjects include constitutional history, federal courts, remedies, corporations, civil procedure, legislation and property. In 2008 he was on leave from the Law School to serve as counselor on international law in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State.

A 1977 graduate of the University of Virginia, Harrison earned his law degree in 1980 at Yale, where he served as editor of the Yale Law Journal and editor and articles editor of the Yale Studies in World Public Order. He was an associate at Patton Boggs & Blow in Washington, D.C., and clerked for Judge Robert Bork on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He worked with the Department of Justice from 1983-93, serving in numerous capacities, including deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel (1990-93).

  • J.D., Yale Law School, 1980
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 1977

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Publications and Multimedia
The Safety Net and Poverty - Event Audio/Video
2016 National Student Symposium
March 04, 2016
The Executive Power to Not Enforce the Law - Event Audio/Video
17th Annual Faculty Conference
January 09, 2015
The Administrative State and the Constitution - Event Audio
2009 Annual Student Symposium
February 28, 2009
Judicial Philosophy/Originalism-The Tempting of America: The Political Seduction of the Law - Event Video
A Conference Discussing the Contributions of Judge Robert H. Bork
June 26, 2007
New Directions in Orginalism - Event Audio
2007 Annual Faculty Conference
January 05, 2007