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

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Publications and Multimedia
Judicial Deference and Congressional Action - Event Audio/Video
Fifth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
June 07, 2017
Campaign Finance & Free Speech
Short video featuring John O. McGinnis
May 26, 2017
Campaign Finance and Free Speech - Event Audio/Video
2017 National Student Symposium
March 15, 2017
What is the Future of Trade Law? - Event Audio/Video
International Law in the Trump Era: Expectations, Hopes, and Fears
January 27, 2017
The New Chevron Skeptics - Event Audio/Video
18th Annual Faculty Conference
January 15, 2016
Debate: Was Citizens United Wrongly Decided? - Audio/Video
Federalist Society with the American Constitution Society and the National Constitution Center
May 22, 2015
The Administrative State: Within the Bounds of Law? - Event Audio/Video
17th Annual Faculty Conference
January 12, 2015
Who Defines International Law? - Event Video
2014 National Lawyers Convention
November 17, 2014
How Free Should Trade Be? - Event Audio/Video
International Law Weekend 2014
November 04, 2014
An Originalist Future
Engage Volume 15, Issue 1
July 29, 2014
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
Confirmation Battles and Presidential Nominations - Event Audio
2009 Annual Student Symposium
February 28, 2009
International Law & the Separation of Powers - Event Audio/Video
2008 National Lawyers Convention
November 20, 2008
Executive Discretion & the Rule of Law - Event Audio/Video
10th Annual Faculty Conference
January 03, 2008
Medellin v. Texas: Presidential Power and International Tribunals - Event Audio/Video
Co-Sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute
September 27, 2007
Morality of First Amendment Jurisprudence - Event Audio/Video
2007 Annual Student Symposium
February 24, 2007
New Directions in Orginalism - Event Audio
2007 Annual Faculty Conference
January 05, 2007
Customary International Law, the War on Terror, and the Constitution - Event Audio
International & National Security Law Practice Group
May 03, 2006