Ira C. Lupu

Ira C. Lupu
F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professor Emeritus of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Professor Lupu joined the law school in 1990. After graduating from law school, where he was case editor of the Harvard Law Review, he practiced law with the Boston firm of Hill & Barlow and then joined the law faculty at Boston University, where he taught from 1973 to 1989. During that time, he also served as a visiting professor at Northeastern University and at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1989–90, he was the professor-in-residence on the Appellate Staff of the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. 

Professor Lupu is a nationally recognized scholar in constitutional law, with an emphasis in his writings on the religion clauses of the First Amendment. Together with his colleague Professor Robert Tuttle, Professor Lupu is the co-author of Secular Government, Religious People (Eerdmans Pub. Co., 2014) and many law journal articles.

View Curriculum Vitae


BA, Cornell University; JD, Harvard University

In the News

"The Supreme Court Is Colliding With a Less-Religious America"

December 03, 2020

Ira C. Lupu is quoted in The Atlantic about how SCOTUS has recently accepted very specific religious liberty cases in a short amount of time.

“The 2020 Ministerial Exception Cases: A Clarification, not a Revolution”

July 08, 2020

Ira C. Lupu and Robert W. Tuttle write in Take Care an analysis of SCOTUS opinions in ministerial exception cases.

"Religious Conservatives Look to the Next Supreme Court Rulings on Religious Liberty"

June 17, 2020

Ira C. Lupu is quoted in Religion News Service about the difficulty in litigating Religious Freedom Restoration Act claims.

"The Perils of Relying on the Wrong Clause - Grounding the Ministerial Exception at the Supreme Court"

March 18, 2020

Ira C. Lupu and Robert W. Tuttle write in Justia Verdict about Ninth Circuit cases on the ministerial exception doctrine.

"Trump Courts Religious Groups With Rules That Worry LGBTQ Groups"

January 16, 2020
Ira C. Lupu and Robert W. Tuttle are quoted by the Los Angeles Times on President Trump's new religious freedom proposals.