Prof. John O. McGinnis

George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law, Northwestern University School of Law

John O. McGinnis is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He also has an MA degree from Balliol College, Oxford, in philosophy and theology. Professor McGinnis clerked on U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. From 1987 to 1991, he was deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice.  He the author of Accelerating Democracy: Transforming Government Through Technology (Princeton 2013) and Originalism and the Good Constitution (Harvard 2013) (with M. Rappaport). He is a past winner of Paul Bator award given by the Federalist Society to an outstanding academic under 40. He has been listed by the United States on the roster of panelists who may be called upon to decide World Trade Organization Disputes.

  • BA, magna cum laude, Harvard College
  • MA, Balliol College, Oxford
  • JD, magna cum laude, Harvard University
Publications and Multimedia
Originalism and the Good Constitution - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
March 19, 2014
Who Determines an Agency's Power? - Event Audio/Video
16th Annual Faculty Conference
January 09, 2014
Tribute to Judge Robert Bork by John McGinnis - Event Audio/Video
15th Annual Faculty Conference
January 14, 2013
Roundtable on Judicial Deference v. Judicial Engagement - Event Audio/Video
15th Annual Faculty Conference
January 10, 2013
National Security vs. International Law? - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2012
Separation of Powers - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 19, 2012
The Case Against Public Sector Unions - Event Audio
Indianapolis Lawyers Chapter
March 29, 2012
Public Sector Unions - Event Audio/Video
14th Annual Faculty Conference
January 06, 2012
Political Philosophy and Classical Liberalism Roundtable - Event Audio/Video
2011 National Lawyers Convention
November 11, 2011
Federalism and Interstate Competition - Event Audio/Video
2011 Annual Student Symposium
February 26, 2011
America as Hegemon and International Law - Event Audio/Video
2010 National Lawyers Convention
November 19, 2010
Office of Legal Counsel Releases Opinions
New Federal Initiatives Project
April 14, 2009
Morality of First Amendment Jurisprudence - Event Audio/Video
2007 Annual Student Symposium
February 24, 2007