Anthony J. Bellia Jr.

Anthony J. Bellia Jr.

O'Toole Professor of Constitutional Law
Concurrent Professor of Political Science

Office: 3157 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-9353
Fax: 574-631-4197
Staff Assistant: Claire Shely
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Professor A.J. Bellia teaches and researches in the areas of constitutional law, federal courts, federalism, legal history, procedure, and contracts. Bellia's published works in these fields include numerous law review articles and the first American casebook on Federalism. Bellia joined the Notre Dame Law School faculty in 2000 and also has served as a visiting professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law (2007). He is the founding director of the Notre Dame Program on Constitutional Structure and a member of the American Law Institute (ALI). 

Prior to joining the faculty in 2000, Bellia clerked for Associate Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States, Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Judge William M. Skretny of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. He also practiced law as an associate with Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin in Washington, D.C., litigating constitutional, criminal, and commercial cases in state and federal courts. 

Bellia earned his J.D. summa cum laude in 1994 from the Notre Dame Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Notre Dame Law Review. Bellia earned his B.A. summa cum laude from Canisius College in 1991, where he was named the outstanding graduate in economics and political science as well as a Harry S. Truman Scholar.

Courses Taught

LAW60105, Contracts 
LAW60307, Constitutional Law 
LAW60308, Civil Procedure 
LAW70311, Federal Courts 
LAW70372, Federalism 
LAW70838, History of the Common Law 
LAW73372, Federalism Seminar



The Law of Nations and the United States Constitution (Oxford University Press 2017) (with Bradford R. Clark).

Federalism (2d ed., Aspen/Wolters Kluwer 2017). 

Federalism (Aspen/Wolters Kluwer 2011). 


Justice Scalia, Implied Rights of Action, and Historical Practice, 92 Notre Dame L. Rev. ___ (2017) (forthcoming). 

The Original Source of the Cause of Action in Federal Courts: The Example of the Alien Tort Statute, 101 Va. L. Rev. 609 (2015) (with Bradford R. Clark). 

Two Myths About the Alien Tort Statute, 89 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1609 (2014) (with Bradford R. Clark). 

General Law in Federal Court, 53 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 655 (2013) (with Bradford R. Clark). 

The Law of Nations as Constitutional Law, 98 Va. L. Rev. 729 (2012) (with Bradford R. Clark). 

The Alien Tort Statute and the Law of Nations, 78 U. Chi. L. Rev. 445 (2011) (with Bradford R. Clark). 

The Political Branches and the Law of Nations, 85 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1795 (2010) (with Bradford R. Clark). 

The Federal Common Law of Nations, 109 Colum. L. Rev. 1 (2009) (with Bradford R. Clark). 

The Origins of Article III Arising Under Jurisdiction, 57 Duke L. J. 263 (2007). 

Federalism Doctrines and Abortion Cases: A Response to Professor Fallon,51 St. Louis U. L. J. 767 (2007). 

State Courts and the Interpretation of Federal Statutes, 59 Vand. L. Rev. 1501 (2006). 

Congressional Power and State Court Jurisdiction, 94 Geo. L. J. 949 (2006). 

State Courts and the Making of Federal Common Law, 153 U. Pa. L. Rev. 825 (2005). 

Article III and the Cause of Action, 89 Iowa L. Rev. 777 (2004). 

Promises, Trust, and Contract Law, 47 Am. J. Juris. 25 (2002). 

Contracting with Electronic Agents, 50 Emory L. J. 1047 (2001). 

Federal Regulation of State Court Procedures, 110 Yale L. J. 947 (2001). 

Shorter Articles 

Il vincolo all’assistenza aantitaria nel sistema federale degli Stati Uniti (The Health Care Mandate in the United States Federal System), Rivista dell’Associazione Italiana Costituzionalisti 1/2013 (translated from English to Italian by Davide Paris). 

Re-examining Customary International Law and the Federal Courts: An Introduction, 85 Notre Dame L. Rev. 1787 (2010). 

La sussidiarieta' e il sistema americano (Subsidiarity and the American Federal System), 18 Atlantide 41 (2010). 

Federalismo e matrimonio omosessuale nell'Unione Europea: una prospettiva americana di diritto comparato (Federalism and Same-Sex Marriage in the European Union: A Comparative American Perspective), 2009/1 Quaderni Costituzionale 134 (2009) (translated from English to Italian by Annalisa Stefani). 

Establishment and Judicial Administrability, 26 Const. Comment. 259 (2009) (review of Kent Greenawalt, Establishment and Fairness (2008)). 

Form, Function, and Justiciability, 86 Tex. L. Rev. See Also 1 (2007). 

Sosa, Federal Question Jurisdiction, and Historical Fidelity, 93 Va. L. Rev. In Brief 15 (2007). 


Amicus Brief in Support of Respondents in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. (No. 10-1491, in the Supreme Court of the United States).

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Contracts
  • Federal Courts
  • Federalism
  • International Law
  • Legal History