John Lawrence Hill

Professor Hill joined the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2003. He holds a J.D. and Ph.D. in philosophy, both from Georgetown University. He has taught many of the courses in the first-year curriculum – Civil Procedure I and II, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Torts and Legal Writing – and several courses in the upper division including First Amendment, Jurisprudence and Bioethics.

Professor Hill has published five books, the most recent of which After the Natural Law: How the Classical Worldview Supports Our Modern Moral and Political Ideals was published by Ignatius Press in 2016.  The book traces the development of western philosophy from classical to modern times and argues that our most important moral and political principles—freedom, responsibility, equality and human dignity – are incoherent without a foundation in natural law. His book, The Political Centrist (Vanderbilt, 2009), argues that liberalism and conservatism are meaningless labels and defends a centrist approach to such issues as the scope of government power, affirmative action, the death penalty and the debate over illegal immigration. He is also currently completing another book, Whatever Happened to Liberalism?: The Rise and Fall of Freedom,

Professor Hill has also published several articles, which have appeared in such venues as the New York University Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Iowa Law Review and the Georgetown Law Journal. His “intentional” theory of parenting in surrogate mother contracts, defended in the New York University Law Review article, was cited and adopted by the Supreme Court of California in Johnson v Calvert.  He is a member of the Bar of Illinois and of California.

Professor Hill also teaches classes in the Philosophy Department, including Philosophical Issues in Criminal Law and Philosophical Foundations of Modern Liberalism and Conservatism.

In his spare time, he enjoys music and plays blues and jazz piano.



The only solid foundation for human rights is natural law
8 Aug 2017 | FEATURES |  
tags: interviews, natural law, philosophy
It's as ancient as the Greeks, but has lost none of its power to defend human dignity


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