About This Journal

The Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy provides a forum for discussing public policy questions from the perspective of the Judeo-Christian intellectual and moral tradition.

The Journal attempts to create an environment in which a variety of philosophical, religious, moral, and political positions concerning public policy questions can be articulated and addressed, in the hope that reasoned argument and careful analysis will replace the polarization and invective often encountered during the discussion of such questions.

The Journal enriches the Law School’s curriculum by providing a focal point for public law research, attracting distinguished scholars and public figures to Notre Dame, and encouraging a select group of law students chosen as Journal members to dedicate a substantial portion of their professional study to public concerns.

Each year, a select group of incoming second-year law students is invited to become members. First-year members write an article of intellectual and moral significance for publication by the Journal on the Journal’s upcoming symposium topic. The members also edit lead articles and assist with production work associated with the Journal. Second-year members assume editorial positions on the Journal and leadership responsibilities in its operation.

The Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy publishes two issues annually. Our Journal devotes one issue to a single topic of public concern and the other issue to any topic related to our Journal’s mission. The Journal explores the legal, ethical and policy considerations of each topic within the framework of the Judeo-Christian intellectual and moral tradition. It has a national audience of people actively involved in the formulation of public policy, and regularly includes timely pieces from a broad spectrum of prominent scholars and officials.

Upcoming Issues

Volume 30 (Spring 2016)

We will be publishing two volumes in the spring, one general issue containing articles related to our mission and one issue containing articles rleated to our Symposium topic: "The Future of the War on Terror."

New Online Supplement

We are also pleased to announce that we will be starting an online supplement, the Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy Online.

Upcoming Symposia

Our annual symposium is scheduled for March 24, 2016.