Jeffrey Brand-Ballard, JD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Affiliated Faculty, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
Associate Director, MA Program in Philosophy & Social Policy
Faculty Advisor, BA/JD Program
The George Washington University
523 Phillips Hall
Washington, DC  20052
(202) 994-6911

Curriculum Vitae
Office Hours (Spring 2009)
Wednesdays 11-12:30
Fridays 11-12, 2-3


Philosophy of Law
Political Philosophy
Limits of Legality: The Ethics of Lawless Judging (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
This is a monograph, in progress, at the intersection of legal theory and normative ethics.  Read an abridged book proposal and the following papers-in-progress that I am incorporating into the book:
Rules that Bend without Breaking

Legal Formalism, Stage-Neutrality, and Comparative Justice

Transcending the Debate Between Inclusive and Exclusive Legal Positivists

Judicial Minimalism and Formal Justice
Are Judges Morally Obligated to Apply the Law?
Feature Articles [rest pointer on link for abstract, click to download paper]
"Innocents Lost: Proportional Sentencing and the Paradox of Collateral Damage," Legal Theory (in press)
"Why One Basic Principle?," Utilitas, vol. 19, no. 2 (June 2007): 220-242.

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

Consistency, Common Morality, and Reflective Equilibrium,” Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, vol. 13, no. 3 (September 2003): 231-58 (Special Issue: Is There a Common Morality?, Guest Editor: Robert M. Veatch).
“Euthanasia” in David Levinson, ed., Encyclopedia of Crime & Punishment (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Reference, 2002)

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

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

Legitimacy, Consequentialism, and Conflict of Laws: Lea Brilmayer’s Rights-Based Theory,” New England Law Review, vol. 30, No. 1 (1995)
Book Reviews
Review of W.J. Waluchow, A Common Law Theory of Judicial Review, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, November 5, 2008
Review of F.M. Kamm, Intricate Ethics: Rights, Responsibilities, and Permissible Harm, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, May 17, 2007
Review of Garrett Cullity, The Moral Demands of Affluence, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, June 13, 2005


Updated April 7, 2009