John P. Anderson

Professor of Law

Professor Anderson's scholarship focuses on securities enforcement, white collar crime, and intersections of law and philosophy (e.g., business ethics, constitutionalism, problems of pluralism, and human rights). His recent articles address the law and ethics of insider trading, the problem of how to build a just and enduring constitutional order in the face of increasing religious and cultural pluralism, and the theoretical underpinnings of our international human rights regime.
He has been published in leading peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Law & PhilosophyJournal of Law and Religion, and Contemporary Pragmatism) and in top law journals (most recently in the Journal of Corporation LawWashington University Journal of Law & PolicyTemple Law ReviewUtah Law Review, and University of Miami Law Review). Professor Anderson recently published a book with Cambridge University Press, Insider Trading: Law Ethics and Reform, and he is a frequent contributor to the Columbia Law School Blue Sky Blog.
Professor Anderson has taught Contracts, Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Evidence, International Human Rights, Jurisprudence, and White Collar Crime. He has won numerous teaching awards and was voted Law School Professor of the Year for 2017-2018.


  •  J.D. University of Virginia School of Law May 2003
  •  PhD. Philosophy University of Virginia May 2000
  •  M.A. Philosophy University of Virginia May 1998
  •  B.A. Philosophy University of California at Berkeley May 1994

Areas of Expertise

  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Evidence
  • Human Rights
  • Insider Trading Law
  • Jurisprudence & Philosophy of Law
  • Securities Enforcement
  • White Collar Criminal Law