About Scott T. FitzGibbon
Professor Scott FitzGibbon is a graduate of the Harvard Law School where he was an Articles Officer of the Harvard Law Review, and of Oxford University where he studied legal philosophy. He teaches Jurisprudence, Corporations, Securities Regulation, and Contracts and has taught courses in the Law and Theory of Marriage, Equity, and Professional Responsibility.
Professor FitzGibbon is the co-editor of The Jurisprudence of Marriage and Other Intimate Relationships and co-author of Glazer and FitzGibbon on Legal Opinions: Drafting, Interpreting and Supporting Closing Opinions in Business Transactions, and of numerous articles on legal philosophy, the family, and business law including the "The Failure of the Freedom-Based and Utilitarian Justifications for Assisted Suicide," in the American Journal of Jurisprudence. He is a member of the American Law Institute, the International Society of Family Law, and the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.
Professor FitzGibbon is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family and Senior Vice President of the International Academy for the Study of the Jurisprudence of the Family.
- Fall 2016: Jurisprudence
- Spring 2017: Conflict of Laws, Corporations
Scott T. Fitzgibbon
Boston College Law School
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Newton, MA 02459
The Jurisprudence of Marriage and Other Intimate Relationships (2010)
Contains essays about the basic meaning and principles underlying legal regulation of marriage and other relation- ships, written by a dozen prominent legal scholars from five nations, including authorities on jurisprudence and family law and ...
The Law's Duty to Promote the Kinship System: Implications for Assisted Reproductive Techniques and for Proposed Redefinitions of Familial Relations BYU Journal of Public Law (2015)
Kinship relations, in our society and in most, are organized systematically. That is to say, each kinship connection is constructed, conducted, and considered, not in isolation but by reference to the others. Your uncle is ...
The Biological Basis for the Recognition of the Family (Forthcoming) (2012)
The family is matter of heart and blood. It is created, in part, by physical and emotional intimacy. It projects itself through history through its biological dimension. Any reasonable definition of the family must recognize ...
Parent, Child, Husband, Wife: When Recognition Fails, Tragedy Ensues Brigham Young University Journal of Public Law (2011)
This article briefly notes some developments in the law and society of our present age regarding the understanding — the recognition — of marriage, fatherhood, motherhood, and the family. The article warns against a certain ...
The Seduction of Lydia Bennet: Toward a General Theory of Society, Marriage, and the Family Ave Maria Law Review (2006)
This article sketches the foundation for a general theory of society. Rejecting portrayals that make society a field of exploitation and dominance, it proposes instead an account that locates the foundation of society in its ...
The Formless City of Plato's Republic: How the Legal and Social Promotion of Divorce and Same-Sex Marriage Contravenes the Principles and Undermines the Projects of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Issues in Legal Scholarship (2005)
In the Republic, Plato describes a stage in social decay called “formlessness,” where all sorts of differences are accepted and none is preferred. No one need hold office or obey. People are impatient with all ...
Marriage and the Ethics of Office Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy (2004)
This Article alms to retrieve the neglected concept of the "office," as in "the judicial office" or "corporate officer" or the"office of deacon or lector." It aims to present a thorough account of what that ...
The Failure of the Freedom-Based and Utlilitarian Arguments for Assisted Suicide The American Journal of Jurisprudence (1997)
In recent years, numerous initiatives have been launched to promote physician-assisted suicide. Numerous statutes have been proposed, and one (in Oregon) has been enacted. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and ...
The Model Physician-Assisted Suicide Act and Jurisprudence of Death Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy (1996)
Your State has, let us suppose, a physician in one of its university-affiliated hospitals who is an admirer of Dr. Kevorkian, or a member of the Hemlock Society. The date is a year from now-December ...
Opinions of Counsel: What They Are and Why American Companies Ask for Them International Business Law Journal (1991)
Legal opinions - formal letters of legal advice delivered by counsel in financial transactions - are a feature of the American legal scene. They have also gained wide acceptance abroad. This article describes the standard ...
Opinions of Counsel in Corporate Transactions: Opinions on Compliance with the Company's Charter, By-laws, and Contractual Obligations Columbia Business Law Review (1989)
The opinion delivered by company counsel at the closing of a corporate transaction typically contains a clause that addresses compliance by the company with its charter, by-laws and contractual obligations. One form of opinion confirms ...
Legal Opinions on Incorporation, Good Standing, and Qualification to do Business Business Lawyer (1985)
[Also appears in Washington and Lee University Law Review 43 (Summer 1986): 240-275, and in Opinion Letters of Counsel 1987, 313-334, New York: Practising Law Institute, 1987, and in Business Opinions, 237-275, New York: Practising ...