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.

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BA, Cornell University; JD, Harvard University

In the News

"Obamacare Can’t Require Coverage For Some HIV Drugs, Federal Judge Rules"

September 07, 2022
Ira C. Lupu was quoted by the Washington Post regarding a federal judge’s ruling the Affordable Care Act cannot require a Christian-owned company to cover HIV drugs.

"Academic Critics: ‘Christian Nationalists’ Dominate Supreme Court Following Latest Prayer Ruling"

September 02, 2022
Ira C. Lupu and Robert Tuttle’s article was cited by the Washington Times regarding the profound shift in Supreme Court’s viewpoint on religious jurisprudence.

"Justice Alito’s Crusade Against a Secular America Isn’t Over"

August 28, 2022
Ira C. Lupu was quoted by the New Yorker regarding Justice Alito’s judicial philosophy surrounding religious liberty.

"​​​​​​​The Supreme Court's Religious Agenda"

July 12, 2022

Ira C. Lupu appeared on the Broken Law podcast to discuss the Supreme Court’s recent religious decisions.

"Chief Justice Roberts Wanted to Go Slow Curbing Roe v. Wade. His Colleagues Were in a Hurry"

June 25, 2022
Ira C. Lupu was quoted by USA Today about Chief Justice John Roberts’ jurisprudence being discarded by the majority of the Supreme Court.