Jeffrey Brand

Jeffrey Brand

Jeffrey Brand

Associate Professor of Philosophy; Affiliated Faculty, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration

Core Faculty


Email: Jeffrey Brand
Office Phone: (202) 994-2114


Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy


Philosophy of Law: Introducing Jurisprudence (London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2013), xii + 291 pp. (single- authored textbook)

Limits of Legality: The Ethics of Lawless Judging (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010), ix + 354 pp. (monograph)

Biomedical Ethics, 7th ed. (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2010), xviii + 732 pp. (co-edited with David DeGrazia and Thomas Mappes)


Articles († = refereed)

“Shapiro’s Legality,” Journal of Moral Philosophy, vol. 21, no 1 (2015): 83-102. (review article) †

“Moral Emotions and Culpability for Resultant Harm,” Rutgers Law Journal, vol. 42, no. 2 (2011): 315-46. “Legal Formalism, Agent-Neutrality, and Comparative Justice,” Contemporary Readings in Law and Social Justice, vol. 1, no. 1 (2009).

“Innocents Lost: Proportional Sentencing and the Paradox of Collateral Damage,” Legal Theory, vol. 15, no. 2 (2009): 1-39. †

“Why One Basic Principle?,” Utilitas, vol. 19, no. 2 (2007): 220-242. †

“Contractualism and Deontic Restrictions,” Ethics, vol. 114, no. 2 (2004): 269-300. †

“Consistency, Common Morality, and Reflective Equilibrium,” Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, vol. 13, no. 3 (2003): 231-58 (Special Issue: Is There a Common Morality?, Guest Editor: Robert M. Veatch).†

“Hans Kelsen’s Unstable Alternative to Natural Law: Recent Critiques,” American Journal of Jurisprudence, vol. 41 (1996): 133-64. †

“Reconstructing MacKinnon: Essentialism, Humanism, Feminism,” Southern California Review of Law & Women's Studies, vol. 6 (1996): 89-172.

“Legitimacy, Consequentialism, and Conflict of Laws: Lea Brilmayer’s Rights-Based Theory,” New England Law Review, vol. 30, No. 1 (1995): 39-84.

Contributions to Edited Works

“Civil Disobedience” in Hugh LaFollette, ed., International Encyclopedia of Ethics (London: Wiley- Blackwell, 2013).

“Euthanasia” in David Levinson, ed., Encyclopedia of Crime & Punishment (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Reference, 2002), pp. 645-50.


F.M. Kamm, Bioethical Prescriptions in Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal (2015).

Paul Hurley, Beyond Consequentialism in Philosophical Review, vol. 122, no. 4 (October, 2013), pp. 657-61. Richard Ekins, The Nature of Legislative Intent in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (May 28, 2013).

Ronald C. Den Otter, Judicial Review in an Age of Moral Pluralism in Ethics, vol. 121, no. 1 (October 2010), pp. 198-204.

Wilfred Waluchow, A Common Law Theory of Judicial Review in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (November 5, 2008).

F.M. Kamm, Intricate Ethics: Rights, Responsibilities, and Permissible Harm in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (May 17, 2007).

Garrett Cullity, The Moral Demands of Affluence in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews (June 13, 2005).

 Professional Presentations († = refereed)

  • Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD
  • Department of Philosophy, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
  • American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division †
  • American Philosophical Association, Central Division †
  • Northwest Philosophy Conference, Salem, OR †
  • Institute for Law and Philosophy, Rutgers-Camden School of Law, Camden, NJ
  • Joint Bioethics Colloquium of the National Institutes of Health, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  • Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, Yale Law School, New Haven, CT †
  • Department of Philosophy, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Faculty of Law, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School, São Paulo, Brazil
  • University of São Paulo Law School, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Pontific Catholic University Law School, São Paulo, Brazil
  • School of Federal Magistrates, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Rio Branco Institute, Brasilia, Brazil
  • Department of Philosophy, University of Brasilia, Brasilia, Brazil
  • Constitution Day Lecture, College of Wooster, OH
  • Department of Philosophy, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg
  • Bled Philosophy Conference, Bled, Slovenia †
  • American Political Science Association †
  • Midwest Political Science Association †
  • International Society for Utilitarian Studies †
  • Australian Society for Legal Philosophy, Melbourne †
  • Association for Practical and Professional Ethics †
  • Minnesota Philosophical Society †
  • Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities †
  • Department of Philosophy, Rice University, Houston
  • 29th Conference on Value Inquiry †
  • Department of Legal Studies, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

M.A., Ph.D., University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
J.D., University of Michigan Law School
A.B., Vassar College