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Areas of Expertise:

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Evidence
  • Human Rights
  • Jurisprudence
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Securities Enforcement
 
 

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John P. Anderson

 

Associate Professor of Law


Professor Anderson’s scholarship focuses on intersections of law and philosophy— e.g., business ethics, constitutionalism, and human rights.  His recent articles address the moral permissibility of insider trading, the problem of how to build a just and enduring constitutional order in the face of increasing religious and philosophical pluralism, and the theoretical underpinnings of our international human rights regime.  He has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Law & Philosophy) and in top law reviews (most recently in the Utah Law Review and the University of Miami Law Review).


Professor Anderson teaches Contracts, Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, International Human Rights, Jurisprudence, and Evidence.  He has won multiple teaching awards and directs MC Law’s study abroad programs in Mexico and Cuba.

 

Education:

 

  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., May 2003
  • University of Virginia, PhD., Philosophy, May 2000
  • University of California at Berkeley, B.A., Philosophy, May 1994

 

Professional Experience:

 

  • Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, LLP, Washington, D.C., Senior Associate, Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice Group, June 2007 - 2010
  • Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, Washington, D.C., Associate, Litigation Practice Group, September 2003 - June 2007
  • American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., Adjunct Professor, Fall 2005 - Fall 2007
  • University of Virignia, Instructor, Fall 1997 - Spring 2000
 
 
 
 

Publications:

 

 
 

 Works in Progress:

 

  • "Law Beyond God and Kant: A Pragmatist Path," (in progress)
  • "Human Rights Discourse as a Contest of Cultures," (in progress)
  • "The Paradox of Insider Trading Compliance for Issuers," (in progress)
  • "The Constitutional Hero," (in progress)
 
 

Paper Presentations:

 
 
  • "Solving the Paradox of Insider Trading Compliance for Issuers," Central States Law School Association Annual Meeting, October, 2014
  • "The Paradox of Insider Trading Compliance for Issuers," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, August 2014
  • "What's the Harm in Issuer-Licensed Insider Trading?" Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, August 2014
  • Moderator, "International Law," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, August 2014
  • "Human Rights Discourse After Babel," Law and Society, Minneapolis, MN, May 2014
  • “Two Challenges for Human Rights Minimalism: A Response to Alistair Macleod," American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, San Diego, April 2014
  • "Painbrushes and Crowbars: A Rortyan Defense of Liberal Neutrality in the Law," Workshop on Law and Human Rights in a Post-Secular World, Mississippi College School of Law, March 2014
  • "The Coming Sea Change for Insider Trading Law: Resolving the Dilemma of Loopholes in 10b5-1 Trading Plans," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, August 2013
  • "Law Beyond God and Kant: A New Path to Liberal Neutrality in Pluralistic Democracies," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, August 2013
  • "Adjudicating Hard Cases without Appeal to First Principles: A Neopragmatist Path to Liberal Neutrality," International Conference on Law and Society, June 2013 
  • "Greed, Envy, and the Criminalization of Insider Trading," Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual Meeting, August, 2012.
  • "The Legitimation of Law beyond God and Kant: A Neopragmatist Defense of the Liberal Principle of Legitimacy (Part II)," International Conference on Law and Society, June 2012.
  • "The Legitimation of Law beyond God and Kant: A Neopragmatist Defense of the Liberal Principle of Legitimacy," Association for the Study of Law, Culture & The Humanities 15th Annual Conference, March 16-17, 2012.
  • "Greed, Envy, and the Criminalization if Insider Trading: Is It Moral or Moralistic?" The 18th Annual International Conference Promoting Business Ethics, St John's University, New York, New York, October 26-28, 2011.
  • "On the Irrelevance of Truth to Justice: John Rawls's Pragmatism," Association for the Study of Law, Culture & The Humanities 14th Annual Conference, March 11 & 12, 2011.
  • Discussant, "Human Rights as Articles of Faith," Association for the Study of Law, Culture & The Humanities 14th Annual Conference, March 11 & 12, 2011.
  • "Patriotic Liberalism," at American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Berkeley, Ca., April 1999.
  • "Sophie's Choice" at University of Richmond, Guest Lecture, April 1998.
  • "Patriotism and Cosmopolitanism in Light of Political Liberalism" at Harvard/MIT Graduate Conference in Philosophy, March 1998.
  • "The Paradox of Agent-Centered Restrictions" at Virginia Philosophical Association, James Madison University, November 1996.
 
 
 

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Courses Taught:

 

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts I and II
  • Evidence
  • International Human Rights
  • Themes in Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Law and Morality

 

Law School and Institutional Service:

 

  • Director, Mexico Study-Abroad Program
  • Director, Cuba Study-Abroad Program
  • Advisor, BLSA
  • 1L Professor of the Year, Section X (2010-2011)
  • 1L Professor of the Year, Section X (2011-2012)
  • 1L Professor of the Year, Section x (2013-2014)