John C.P. Goldberg

Visiting Professor of Law
Eli Goldston Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

John Goldberg is an expert in tort law, tort theory, and political philosophy. Before joining the faculty of Harvard Law School in 2008, he was a member of the faculty of Vanderbilt Law School, where he served as Associate Dean for Research (2006-08). The author of numerous articles and essays, Professor Goldberg has also co-authored a leading tort law casebook and The Oxford Short Introductions to U.S. Law: Torts. A member of the editorial board of Legal Theory and Editor in Chief of the peer-reviewed Journal of Tort Law, he has previously served as Chair of the Torts Section of the Association of American Law Schools. After receiving his J.D. in 1991 from New York University School of Law, Goldberg clerked for Judge Jack Weinstein of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and for Supreme Court Justice Byron White and practiced at the firm of Hill & Barlow.

Research Interests

Tort law and theory, common law, political theory, jurisprudence

Representative Publications

  • "Torts and Estates: Remedying Wrongful Interference with Inheritance," 65 Stanford Law Review (forthcoming 2013) (with Robert H. Sitkoff)
  • "Introduction: Pragmatism and Private Law," 125 Harvard Law Review 1640 (2012)
  • "Do Promises Distinguish Contract from Tort?" 45 Suffolk University Law Review 873 (forthcoming 2012) (symposium in honor of Charles Fried's Contract as Promise) (with Bridgeman, C.)
  • "Tort Law at the Founding," 39 Florida State University Law Review 85 (2011) (civil recourse theory symposium)
  • "Civil Recourse Revisited," 39 Florida State University Law Review 342 (2011) (civil recourse theory symposium) (with B. Zipursky)
  • The Oxford Short Introductions to U.S. Law: Torts (2010) (with Benjamin C. Zipursky)
  • “Torts as Wrongs," 88 Texas Law Review 917 (2010) (with Benjamin Zipursky).
  • Torts: A Short Introduction, Oxford University Press (forthcoming 2010) (with Benjamin C. Zipursky)
  • "OPA and Economic Loss: A Reply to Professor Robertson," 28 Mississippi College Law Review 203 (2011)
  • "The Easy Case for Products Liability Law: A Response to Professors Polinsky and Shavell," 123 Harvard Law Review 1919 (2010) (with Benjamin Zipursky)

Contact Information

(615) 322-2615 (voice)
(615) 322-6631 (fax)

Curriculum Vitae



J.D. New York University
M.A. Princeton University
M. Phil. (Politics) Oxford University
B.A. Wesleyan University