Scott FitzGibbon is a graduate of the Harvard Law School (J.D.), where he was an Articles Officer of the Harvard Law Review, and of Oxford University (B.C.L.), where he studied legal philosophy. He is a professor at Boston College Law School, a member of the American Law Institute, and a member of the International Society of Family Law. He is the Editor in Chief of the International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family and Senior Vice President of the International Academy for the Study of the Jurisprudence of the Family. He is a member of the Irish Jurisprudence Society and of the International Chair on Natural Law and Human Personhood, Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina.
He is the author of “Marriage and the Good of Obligation” (American Journal of Jurisprudence, 2002); “Marriage and the Ethics of Office” (Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy, 2004); “A City Without Duty, Fault or Shame,” in Reconceiving the Family: Critical Reflections on the American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law of Family Dissolution (Robin Fretwell Wilson, ed., Cambridge University Press, 2006); “The Seduction of Lydia Bennet: Toward a General Theory of Society, Marriage and the Family” (Ave Maria Law Review, 2006); “Procreative Justice and the Recognition of Marriage,” in FAMILY LAW IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (2007); “‘Just Like Little Dogs’: The Law Should Speak with Veracity and Respect,” in THE JURISPRUDENCE OF MARRIAGE AND OTHER INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS (Scott FitzGibbon, Lynn Wardle & A. Scott Loveless, eds., 2010); “Educational Justice and the Recognition of Marriage” (B.Y.U. Education & Law Journal, 2011); “Parent, Child, Husband, Wife: When Recognition Fails, Tragedy Ensues” (B.Y.U. Journal of Public Law, 2011); and “The Biological Basis for the Recognition of the Family” (International Journal of the Jurisprudence of the Family, 2012).
His scholarly presentations include “The ‘Beautiful City’ of Plato’s Republic: How the Legal and Social Promotion of Divorce and Same-Sex Marriage Contravenes the Philosophy and Undermines the Projects of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights” (United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, August, 2004); “Divorce and the Decline of Obligation: Towards a Recovery of the Philosophy of Marital Fidelity” (Beijing, China, July, 2004); “Procreative Justice and the Recognition of Marriage” (Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, September, 2006); “Marriage Law: Selected Topics” (University of Padua, Padua, Italy, May, 2007); “Supporting the Family by Telling the Truth: The Law’s Duty of Veracity” (University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, September, 2008); “Is Family Law Sacred?’ (Bar Ilan University, Israel, May, 2009); “Thieving Spartan Boys” (Trinity College, Dublin, February, 2011); “The Legal Definition of the Family” (panel presentation)(Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts, March, 2011); and “The Deeper Meaning of Equal Protection” (Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, November 2012).
He was the co-convener, together with Professor Lynn Wardle, of a symposium on the Jurisprudence of Marriage at Boston College Law School and Brigham Young University on March 13 & 15, 2009, a symposium on the Jurisprudence of the Family at Bratislava Law School on May 28-29, 2010, at which he delivered a paper entitled “’That Man is You!’: The Juristic Person and Faithful Love,” symposia at the Pontifical Catholic University of Argentina in May, 2011 and at the University of Malta in July, 2011, where he delivered a paper entitled “Parenting and the Culture of Friendship,” and a symposium at the Qatar Foundation in Doha, Qatar in May and June, 2012, at which he delivered a paper entitled “The Biological Basis for the Recognition of the Family.”