Sherif Girgis

Associate Professor, Notre Dame Law School

Sherif Girgis is an associate professor at Notre Dame Law School. His work at the intersection of philosophy and law — including criminal law, constitutional law, and jurisprudence — has appeared in many academic and popular publications. 


He is coauthor of What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense, cited in a dissent in United States v. Windsor, and Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination, released by Oxford University Press.


Prior to joining Notre Dame, he practiced appellate and complex civil litigation at Jones Day in Washington, D.C., having previously served as a law clerk to Justice Samuel Alito, Jr., of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Thomas B. Griffith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. 

Girgis completed his Ph.D. in philosophy at Princeton and earned his J.D. at Yale Law School. He also earned a master’s degree (B.Phil.) in philosophy from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and a bachelor’s in philosophy from Princeton, Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude.



  • What is Marriage?

    What is Marriage?

    February 17, 2023
    Learn the answers to tough questions about marriage policy from the man who wrote the book on it.

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