Gerard V. Bradley

Gerard V. Bradley

Professor of Law

Office: 3156 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-8385
Fax: 574-631-8078
Staff Assistant: Mary Juckett
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Gerard V. Bradley is professor of law at the University of Notre Dame, where he teaches Legal Ethics and Constitutional Law. At Notre Dame he directs (with John Finnis) the Natural Law Institute and co-edits The American Journal of Jurisprudence, an international forum for legal philosophy. Bradley has been a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Witherspoon Institute, in Princeton, N.J. He served for many years as president of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars.

Bradley received his B.A and J.D. degrees from Cornell University, graduating summa cum laude from the law school in 1980. After serving in the Trial Division of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office he joined the law faculty at the University of Illinois. He moved to Notre Dame in 1992. Bradley has published over one hundred scholarly articles and reviews. His most recent books are an edited collection of essays titled, Challenges to Religious Liberty in the Twenty-First Century (published by Cambridge University Press in 2012). Cambridge University Press will publish in 2018 a volume of essays on Catholic Social Teaching, co-edited by Bradley.

Courses Taught

LAW70305, Constitutional Law II

LAW70451, Constitutional Criminal Procedure (Adjudication)

LAW70803, Legal Externship-Public Defender-Ethics

LAW75733, Legal Externship-Public Defender

LAW75735, Legal Externship-Public Defender (co-curricular)



Essays on Law, Religion and Morality (Saint Augustine’s Press 2012). 

Challenges to Religious Liberty in the Twenty-First Century (edited) (Cambridge, 2011). 

A Brief History of Religious Liberty in American (Heritage 2008). 

A Student’s Guide to Law (ISI, 2006). 

Same-Sex Attraction: A Parent’s Guide (edited, with Rev. John Harvey, OSFS) (St. Augustine’s Press, 2003). 

Science and Faith (edited, with D. DeMarco)(St. Augustine’s Press, 2000). 

Catholicism, Liberalism and Communitarianism: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition and the Moral Foundations of Democracy (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1995). 

Set No Limits: A Rebuttal to Daniel Callahan's Proposal to Limit Health Care for the Elderly (R. Barry and G. Bradley eds., University of Illinois Press 1991). 

Church-State Relationships in America (Greenwood Press 1987). 

Book Segments 

Inescapably a Liberal: Richard Rorty as Social Theorist, in Liberalism at the Crossroads 135 (C. Wolfe and J. Hittinger eds., Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 1994). 

Beyond Murray's Articles of Peace and Faith, in The Thought of John Courtney Murray 181 (K. Grasso and R. Hunt eds., Eerdmans 1992). 


Professor Bradley has published numerous articles on the topics of constitutional law as well as law and religion, including: 

Moral Truth and Constitutional Conservatism, 81 Louisiana LAw Review 137-1430 (2021).

Religion at a Public, University, 49 William and Mary Law Review 2217-2263 (2008). 

Response to Endicott: The Case of Wise Electrician, 50 American Journal of Jurisprudence 257-262 (2005). 
Response to an article by Timothy Endicott in this issue, p. 233; Symposium on Natural Law and Natural Rights. 

Law and the Culture of Marriage, 18 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 189-217 (2004). 

Retribution: The Central Aim of Punishment, 27 Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy 19-31 (2003). 

Unconstitutional Stereotype: Catholic Schools as Pervasively Sectarian, 7 Texas Review of Law & Politics 1-24 (2002). 

Same-Sex Marriage: Our Final Answer?, 14 Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy 729-752 (2000). 

Retribution and the Secondary Aims of Punishment, 44 American Journal of Jurisprudence 105-123 (1999). 

Plea Bargaining and the Criminal Defendant's Obligation to Plead Guilty, 40 South Texas Law Review 65-82 (1999). 

Catholic Faith and Legal Scholarship, 47 Journal of Legal Education 13 (1997). 

Marriage and the Liberal Imagination, with Robert P. George, 84 Georgetown Law Journal 301 (1995). 

The New Constitutional Covenant, 9 The World and I 359 (1994). 

Life's Dominion: An Argument About Abortion, Euthanasia, and Individual Freedom, 69 Notre Dame Law Review 329 (1993). 

The Right of Privacy, Sustained (The Rehnquist Court), 1993 Public Interest Law Review 41 (1992). 

Beguiled: Free Exercise Exemptions and the Siren Song of Liberalism, 20 Hofstra Law Review 245 (1991). 

The Curran Case, 2 Ius Ecclesiae 193 (1990). 

Dogmatomachy - A "Privatization" Theory of the Religious Clause Cases, 30 St. Louis University Law Journal 275 (1986). 

Book Reviews 

71 Notre Dame Law Review 671 (1996) (reviewing Robert George, Making Men Moral (1994)). 

LX New Oxford Review 30 (reviewing John M. Finnis, Moral Absolutes (1993)).

Areas of Expertise

  • Church & State Doctrine
  • Constitutional Criminal Procedure
  • Constitutional History
  • Constitutional Interpretation
  • Constitutional Interpretation (History of)
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law & Procedure
  • Law & Religion
  • Natural Law Theory