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Professor John O. McGinnis

John O. McGinnis, M.A., J.D. is George C. Dix Professor in Constitutional Law at Northwestern University Law School. His areas of expertise include: international transactions, constitutional law, law and economics, international law, antitrust law, and international trade. The many courses he teaches include the course Law in an Age of Accelerating Technology.
John is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. He clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia from 1983 to 1984. From 1987 to 1991, He was deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice.
He is a scholar in both the areas of constitutional and international law. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representatives has added him to the roster of Americans who can be appointed as panelists to resolve World Trade Organization disputes. He is a past winner of the Paul Bator award given by the Federalist Society to an outstanding academic under 40.
John authored Accelerating AI, Losing the Law War: The Bush Administration’s Strategic Errors, and The Political Economy of Global Multilateralism, and coauthored Originalism and the Good Constitution, Federalism Vs. States’ Rights: A Defense of Judicial Review in a Federal System, Should International Law Be Part of Our Law?, Democracy and International Human Rights Law, Lawrence V. Texas and Judicial Hubris, Against Global Governance in the WTO, A Pragmatic Defense of Originalism, The World Trade Constitution, Original Interpretative Principles as the Core of Originalism, and Our Supermajoritarian Constitution. Read the full list of his publications!
John earned his BA (magna cum laude) in Classical Languages at Harvard College in 1978, his M.A. in Philosophy and Theology at Balliol College, Oxford in 1980, and his J.D. (magna cum laude) at Harvard University in 1983.
Watch International Legal Norms in American Jurisprudence, The Case Against Collective Bargaining By Public Employees, Alternatives to Originalism: Conservative and Libertarian Perspectives 1–7-11, and America as Hegemon and International Law 11–19–10. Read his Wikipedia profile.