Robert P. George: The Independent Institute

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Robert P. George
Robert P. George

Robert P. George is the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Center on Culture and Civil Society at the Independent Institute. He received his D.Phil. from Oxford University and J.D. from Harvard University.

Professor George has served on the President's Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. Currently he serves on UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology. Professor George is Of Counsel at Robinson & McElwee PLLC and was the 2007 John Dewey Lecturer in Philosophy of Law at Harvard University and the 2008 Judge Guido Calabresi Lecturer at Yale University.

He is the author of the books, In Defense of Natural Law; Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality; Natural Law Theory: Contemporary Essays; Natural Law and Moral Inquiry: Ethics, Metaphysics, and Politics in the Work of Germain Grisez; The Autonomy of Law: Essays on Legal Positivism; Natural Law and Public Reason; Great Cases in Constitutional Law; Natural Law, Liberalism, and Morality; Constitutional Politics: Essays on Constitution Making, Maintenance, and Change; The Meaning of Marriage: Family, State, Market, and Morals; Body-Self Dualism; Embryo: A Defense of Human Life; and The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion and Morality in Crisis.

Professor George is a recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal and many other honors, including the Stanley Kelley, Jr. Teaching Award from Princeton's Department of Politics. He holds honorary doctorates of law, ethics, science, letters, civil law, humane letters, and juridical science.