Luke Milligan

Professor of Law and Co-Director, Ordered Liberty Program


Luke Milligan is a Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Ordered Liberty Program at the University of Louisville.

Professor Milligan teaches Jurisprudence and a range of public law courses, including Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and a seminar on Rights of the Unborn (the nation’s first). In 2019, he co-founded the Ordered Liberty Program, which seeks to promote the advanced study of federalism, separation of powers, originalism, natural rights, and the common good. Professor Milligan joined the faculty after practicing law with Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., and clerking for Judge Martin L.C. Feldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and Judge Edith Brown Clement of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Professor Milligan has been named Professor of the Year and winner of the Helfat prize for legal scholarship. His research is broadly focused on the relations between natural law, political theory, and constitutional interpretation. One of the more active lines of his scholarship aims at developing a fuller understanding of the Fourth Amendment through renewed emphasis on natural law and the original meaning of the right "to be secure."

Professor Milligan is the author of numerous articles and book chapters. His academic work has appeared in, among others, the Boston University Law Review, Cato Supreme Court Review, Cardozo Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Georgia Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, and Washington and Lee Law Review. In past years, he’s held visiting positions at Emory University School of Law, as well as several universities abroad — KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), Mainz (Germany), and Turku (Finland).

Interview with Professor Milligan

Lectures on Criminal Law

Lectures on Criminal Procedure

Lectures on Rights of the Unborn