Elizabeth Sepper

Professor of Law
Affiliated Faculty, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
JD New York University School of Law
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    Professor Elizabeth Sepper is a scholar of religious liberty and health law. She has written extensively on conscientious refusals to provide reproductive and end-of-life healthcare and on conflicts over religion and insurance coverage. Sepper’s work also engages in legal theoretical and policy debates with regard to antidiscrimination law, social insurance, and equal citizenship. She is one of the nation’s foremost experts in the antidiscrimination obligations of public accommodations—that is, businesses, social service providers, and membership organizations that are open to the public—under federal, state, and local laws.

    Professor Sepper’s articles have appeared in top journals, including the Columbia Law Review, Virginia Law Review,Northwestern University Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, and Harvard Journal of Gender & Law. Her article, Doctoring Discrimination in the Same-Sex Marriage Debates, on the issue of religious objections to gay rights won multiple awards, including the 2014 Dukeminier Award for best sexuality law scholarship.

    Professor Sepper recently published LAW, RELIGION, AND HEALTH IN THE UNITED STATES (Holly Fernandez Lynch, I. Glenn Cohen, & Elizabeth Sepper, eds. Cambridge Univ. 2017).  With chapters showcasing a wide variety of perspectives and methodologies, the book explores pressing issues from religious burial and ceremonial practices that threaten public health to religious objections to counseling LGBT people. 

    Prior to joining the faculty, she was a fellow at the Center for Reproductive Rights and Columbia Law School.  She also clerked for the Hon. Marjorie Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and practiced at Human Rights Watch and NYU School of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice.  Sepper received her J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, and LL.M. in international legal studies from NYU School of Law.  She received her B.A. in history summa cum laude with distinction from Boston University.