Prof. Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz

Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz is a Professor of Law at Georgetown and a Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute. He teaches and writes about constitutional law and federal jurisdiction, and he is currently developing a new theory of constitutional interpretation and judicial review. The first installment, entitled The Subjects of the Constitution, was published in the Stanford Law Review in May of 2010, and it is the single most downloaded article about constitutional interpretation, judicial review, or federal courts in the history of SSRN. The second installment, The Objects of the Constitution, was published in May of 2011, also in the Stanford Law Review. And the comprehensive version is forthcoming as a book by Oxford University Press.

Rosenkranz has served and advised the federal government in a variety of capacities. He clerked for Judge Frank H. Easterbrook on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1999-2000) and for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy at the U.S. Supreme Court (October Term 2001). He served as an Attorney-Advisor at the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice (November 2002 - July 2004). He often testifies before Congress as a constitutional expert—most recently before the Senate Judiciary Committee, regarding the nomination of Justice Sotomayor. He has also filed briefs and presented oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Rosenkranz is a member of the Board of Directors of the Federalist Society.


  • B.A., J.D., Yale

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Publications and Multimedia
Transforming Statutory Interpretation - Event Audio/Video
2016 National Lawyers Convention
November 24, 2016
Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2016? - Event Audio/Video
Co-Sponsored by the Faculty Division and the Practice Groups
September 28, 2016
Political Correctness on Campus - Event Audio/Video
Stanford Intellectual Diversity Conference
April 13, 2016
Interview with Kirsten Powers - Event Audio/Video
2015 National Lawyers Convention
November 24, 2015
City of Los Angeles v. Patel - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 3-9-15 featuring Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz
March 09, 2015
Affordable Care Act Subsidies Debate - Event Audio/Video
17th Annual Faculty Conference
January 09, 2015
The Executive Power to Not Enforce the Law - Event Audio/Video
17th Annual Faculty Conference
January 09, 2015
Bond v. United States - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 6-11-14 featuring Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz
June 11, 2014
Bond v. U.S. Decided - Podcast
Environmental Law & Property Rights and Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Groups Podcast
June 06, 2014
The Once and Future King: The Rise of Crown Government in America
Federalist Society Book Event
June 02, 2014
Suspension of Laws: What are the Limits of Executive Authority? - Event Audio/Video
Second Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 14, 2014
Showcase Panel I: Textualism and the Bill of Rights - Event Audio/Video
2013 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2013
US v. Bond: Expanding Congress' Power? - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure, Federalism & Separation of Powers, and International & National Security Law Practice Groups Courthouse Steps Podcast
November 11, 2013
Bond v. United States - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 11-08-13 featuring Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz
November 08, 2013
Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2013? - Event Audio/Video
Co-sponsored by the Practice Groups and the Faculty Division
October 04, 2013
Supreme Court Preview: What Is in Store for October Term 2012? - Event Audio/Video
Co-sponsored by the Practice Groups, the Washington DC Lawyers Chapter, and the Faculty Division
September 27, 2012
Young Legal Scholars Paper Presentations - Event Audio/Video
14th Annual Faculty Conference
January 06, 2012
1st Annual Rosenkranz Discussion - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 22, 2008
Medellin v. Texas - Part I: Self-Execution
Online Debate
March 28, 2008