John O. McGinnis

George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional 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 the 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 is 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 the 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.

Areas of Expertise

  • Constitutional Law
  • International Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • International Trade
  • Law & Technology

Selected Publications

  • Accelerating Democracy: Transforming Governance Through Technology (Princeton University Press 2013).
  • Originalism and the Good Constitution (Harvard University Press 2013) (with M. Rappaport).
  • Reviving Tocqueville's America: The Rehnquist Court’s Jurisprudence of Social Discovery, 90 California Law Review 485-571 (2002).
  • Should International Law Be Part of Our Law? , 59 Stanford Law Review 1175-1247 (2007) (with Ilya Somin ).

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  • BA magna cum laude, Harvard College
  • MA, Balliol College, Oxford
  • JD magna cum laude, Harvard University

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