Terrence J. Murphy Institute

for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy

The Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy is a collaboration between the Center for Catholic Studies and the School of Law at the University of St. Thomas. The Institute explores the various interactions between law and Catholic thought on topics ranging from workers' rights to criminal law to marriage and family. 

Upcoming Events

Patents on Life: Through the Lenses of Law, Religious Faith, and Social Justice

September 4-5, 2015

The conference will facilitate the debate on the ethics of patent ownership of living matter, the effects of private ownership and restriction of access of genetic knowledge, and the intrinsic morality of various forms of research proposed as subject matter for patentability.

Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, CB3 0DF


Hot Topics: Cool Talk - Federal Narcotics Sentences: Too High?

Friday, September 25, 2015

Featuring Hon. Richard Sullivan, Federal Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and UST professor of law, Mark Osler.

Room 235

University of St. Thomas School of Law

Minneapolis campus


Murphy Institute Roundtable

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A faculty colloquium on Dr. Raymond MacKenzie's edition of Montesquieu's Persian Letters

Leather Room, OSF 108


Thomas More Seminar on Sallust, City of God (selections), and Utopia

Friday and Saturday, November 6 & 7

Invitation only conference held at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in partnership with the Center for Thomas More Studies at the University of Dallas.

Board of Governor's Room

University of St. Thomas School of Law

Minneapolis Campus


Thomas Pfau lecture

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Featuring Thomas Pfau, Professor of English & Professor of German at Duke University



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Women, Sex, and the Church: A Case for Catholic Teaching

The Murphy Institute has published a Teaching Guide designed for Professors and Students of Law, Feminist Theory, and Sexual and Social Ethics.  For more information and to download the complimentary Teaching Guide, click here.

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