Associate Professor of Law
Jonathan Gingerich
Rutgers Law School
S.I. Newhouse Center for Law and Justice
123 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102
(973) 353-0666
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Jonathan Gingerich works on foundational issues in ethics, aesthetics, political philosophy, and jurisprudence that have implications for constitutional law, property, intellectual property, and the legal regulation of technology. Methodologically, he uses tools from analytic philosophy, phenomenology, feminist theory, and critical race theory. He is currently working on a monograph about the nature and value of spontaneous freedom–the freedom of acting in unplanned and unscripted ways–and its implications for ethics, politics, and law and technology.

Professor Gingerich holds an A.B. from Georgetown University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining Rutgers, Professor Gingerich was Senior Lecturer in Philosophy of Law at King’s College London. He has published articles in journals such as Ethics, Yale Journal of Law and Technology, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, and Northeastern University Law Review. Professor Gingerich is an Advisor of the Rutgers Institute for Law and Philosophy and Associate Graduate Faculty in the Rutgers-New Brunswick Philosophy Department.


Articles & Chapters

‘Toward an Existentialist Metaethics: Beauvoir’s Groundwork,’ co-authored with Daniela Dover, in Analytic Existentialism, forthcoming

‘Democratic Vibes: How to Democratically Regulate Speech on Social Media Platforms’, William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, forthcoming 2024

Spontaneous Freedom,’ Ethics, 2022.

Is Spotify Bad for Democracy? Artificial Intelligence, Cultural Democracy, and Law,’ Yale Journal of Law and Technology, 2022

Remixing Rawls: Constitutional Cultural Liberties in Liberal Democracies,’ Northeastern University Law Review, 2019

Freedom and the Value of Games,’ Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 2018

Responding to the Market: The Impact of the Rise of Corporate Law Firms on Elite Legal Education in India,’ co-authored with Nick Robinson, in The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization, 2017

The Anatomy of Legal Recruitment in India: Tracing the Tracks of Globalization,’ co-authored with Vikramaditya Khanna and Aditya Singh, in The Indian Legal Profession in the Age of Globalization, 2017

The Political Morality of Nudges in Healthcare,’ in Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioral Economics, 2016

A.V. ex rel. Vanderhye v. iParadigms, LLC: Electronic Databases and the Compartmentalization of Fair Use,’ IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review, 2010

A Call for Blind Review: Student Edited Law Reviews and Bias,’ Journal of Legal Education, 2009

Reviews & Discussions

Review of C Thi Nguyen’s Games: Agency as Art. Oxford University Press, 2019, Philosophy, 2023.

Poincaré, Sartre, Continuity and Temporality,’ Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 2006 (discussion)


Decolonising Jurisprudence Reading List: Resources for Revising Philosophy of Law Syllabi

Courses Taught
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Ethics
  • First Amendment
  • Intellectual Property
  • Philosophy (Law &)
  • Property