After graduating from Stanford Law School, where he was Senior Article Editor of the Stanford Law Review, Professor Mikhail joined the law firm of Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett. He then served as a judicial clerk to Judge Rosemary Barkett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Professor Mikhail’s research and teaching are focused on constitutional law, criminal law, torts, human rights, jurisprudence, moral and legal philosophy, legal history, and cognitive science. Before attending law school, he received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Cornell University and was a Lecturer and Research Affiliate in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at M.I.T. He is the author of Elements of Moral Cognition: Rawls’ Linguistic Analogy and the Cognitive Science of Moral and Legal Judgment (Cambridge University Press, 2011; paperback edition, 2013). He also has published articles in a wide range of academic journals, including Stanford Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Law and History Review, Jerusalem Review of Legal Studies, Ethics, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Journal of Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Science,and Psychology of Learning and Motivation.

Professor Mikhail has been a Visiting Scholar at Stanford Law School, a Visiting Junior Scholar at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, a Teaching Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Zurich. His research has been featured in Science, Der Spiegel, Boston Review, Prospect Magazine, Discover Magazine, The National Law Journal, The Washington Post, and other media outlets. He delivered the Rousseau Lectures at the University of Zurich in 2017 and the Seegers Lecture on Jurisprudence at Valparaiso University in 2018, and he will be a plenary speaker at the IVR World Congress in 2019. From 2011 to 2013, he served as Associate Dean for International and Transnational Programs. Currently, he is Associate Dean for Research and Academic Programs.

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Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

John Mikhail, Is the Constitution a Power of Attorney of a Corporate Charter? A Commetary on “A Great Power of Attorney”: Understanding the Fiduciary Constitution by Gary Lawson and Guy Seidman, 17 Geo. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 407-440 (2019)(reviewing Gary Lawson & Guy Seidman, “A Great Power of Attorney”: Understanding the Fiduciary Constitution (2017)).
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John Mikhail, James Wilson, Early American Land Companies, and the Original Meaning of “Ex Post Facto Laws”, 17 Geo. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 79-146 (2019).
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John Mikhail, A Tale of Two Sweeping Clauses, 42 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 29-42 (2019).
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John Mikhail, Sydney Levine & Alan M. Leslie, The Mental Representation of Human Action, 42 Cognitive Sci. 1229-1264 (2018).

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

Brief of Amicus Curiae 290 Criminal Law and Mental Health Law Professors in Support of Petitioner's Request for Reversal and Remand, Kahler v. Kansas, 18-6135 (U.S. June 6, 2019).
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