Nathan S. Chapman

Associate Professor of Law

B.A., Belmont University
M.T.S., J.D., Duke University


Federal Courts
Constitutional Law
Law & Religion
Law & Ethics of Lawyering
History of the Common Law
Georgia Practice & Procedure
Comparative Constitutional Law

Biographical Information: 

Nathan Chapman is an associate professor (with tenure) at the University of Georgia School of Law. He teaches courses in constitutional law, procedure and legal ethics, and he writes on due process of law and law and religion. The 2018 graduating class awarded him the C. Ronald Ellington Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Chapman has pioneered a historical account of the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment as a provision that reinforced the rule of law against every branch of the federal government, with respect to the deprivation of any right to life, liberty or property, anywhere in the world. The foundational papers are:  "Due Process as Separation of Powers," 121 Yale Law Journal 167 (2012) (with M. McConnell); "Due Process Abroad," 112 Northwestern University Law Review 377 (2017); and "Due Process of War," 94 Notre Dame Law Review 639 (2018).

Chapman’s law and religion scholarship focuses on religious liberty and Christianity and the law. The Law and Religion Section of the Association of American Law Schools awarded him the first annual Harold Berman Award for Scholarly Excellence for "The Establishment Clause, State Action, and Town of Greece," 24 William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal 405 (2015). He is also the author of "Disentangling Conscience and Religion," 2013 University of Illinois Law Review 1457; and "Adjudicating Religious Sincerity," 92 Washington Law Review 1185 (2017). He has also written several book chapters on Christianity and the law for forthcoming academic volumes.

Chapman holds degrees in law and theology from Duke University. He litigated in the D.C. office of WilmerHale and clerked for the Honorable Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Publications & Activities


The Practice of Law as Christian Discipleship, 47 Pepp. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming) (solicited paper for a Festschrift for Robert Cochran).

Due Process of War, 94 Notre Dame L. Rev. 639 (2018).

Due Process Abroad, 112 Nw. U. L. Rev. 377 (2017).

Adjudication of Religious Sincerity, 92 Wash. L. Rev. 1185 (2017).

The Establishment Clause, State Action, and Town of Greece, 24 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 405 (2015).

The Jury's Constitutional Judgment, 67 Ala. L. Rev. 189 (2015).

Disentangling Conscience and Religion, 2013 U. Ill. L. Rev. 1457 (2013).

Due Process As Separation of Powers, 121 Yale L.J. 1672 (2012) (with M. McConnell).

Law Asks for Trust, 85 St. John's L. Rev. 521 (2011).


Liberty of Conscience, Free Exercise of Religion, and the U.S. Constitution” in Christianity and the Laws of Conscience: An Introduction (Helen Alvare & Jeff Hammond eds., Oxford Univ. Press, forthcoming).

Christianity and Crimes Against the Statein Christianity and the Criminal Law (Norman Doe, Dick Helmholz, Mark Hill, & John Witte, Jr. eds., Routledge, forthcoming).

“The Weight of Judgmentin Christianity and the Criminal Law (Norman Doe, Dick Helmholz, Mark Hill, & John Witte, Jr. eds., Routledge, forthcoming).


Constructing the Original Scope of Constitutional Rights, 88 Fordham L. Rev. Online 1 (2019).

The Fourteenth Amendment Due Process Clause, National Constitution Center (with Kenji Yoshino).

Substantive Due Process: Text, History, and Experience, National Constitution Center.