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About John M. Finnis

Professor Finnis teaches courses in Jurisprudence, in the Social, Political and Legal Theory of Thomas Aquinas and in the Social, Political and Legal Theory of Shakespeare. He is known for his work in moral, political and legal theory, as well as constitutional law. Professor Finnis's service has included the Linacre [now the Anscombe] Centre for Health Care Ethics (governor since 1981), the Catholic Bishops’ Joint Committee on Bioethical Issues (1981-88), the International Theological Commission (1986-92), the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (1990-95), and the Pontifical Academy Pro Vita (2001-present). He has published widely in law, legal theory, moral and political philosophy, moral theology, and the history of the late Elizabethan era. He is also an adjunct Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Notre Dame.


Present Biolchini Family Professor of Law, Notre Dame Law School

Curriculum Vitae


Honors and Awards

  • 1962 Rhodes Scholar


1965 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford
1961 Bachelor of Laws, Adelaide University

Contact Information

Office: 2117 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574.631.5989


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