John P. Anderson

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 the Journal of Law and Religion) and in top law reviews (most recently in the Utah Law Review, Temple Law Review, and the University of Miami Law Review). He also has a book forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, Insider Trading: Law, Ethics, and Reform.

Professor Anderson teaches Contracts, Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, International Human Rights, Jurisprudence, and Evidence. He was voted Law School Professor of the Year for 2014-2015 and directs MC Law's study abroad programs in Mexico and Cuba.


  •  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
  •  Jurisprudence
  •  Philosophy of Law
  •  Securities Enforcement