George Garvey


  • Columbus School of Law
  • Expertise

  • Catholic Social Teaching and Law
  • Economic Regulation
  • George E. Garvey received his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago and graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School. Following law school he clerked for Chief Judge John Reynolds of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and then practiced antitrust law for several years at a law firm in Milwaukee. Professor Garvey joined the faculty of the Catholic University Law School in 1978. He served as associate dean for academic affairs from 1989 until 1997, and as the university's vice-provost and dean of graduate studies from 2003-2008. Garvey was acting dean of the law school in 2012 and has also served as vice-dean.

    Garvey teaches constitutional law, antitrust, property, regulated industries and Catholic social teaching and law. His publications include Economic Law and Economic Growth: Antitrust, Regulations, and the American Growth System and numerous book chapters and articles related to competition law and policy, domestic and international economic regulation, and the relationship between law and Catholic Social Teaching.

    In 1980, Professor Garvey took leave from the university to serve as counsel to the Subcommittee on Monopolies and Commercial Law of the United States House of Representatives' Committee on the Judiciary. He subsequently served as a special consultant to the Judiciary Committee on antitrust treble damages and has testified at numerous congressional hearings on various pending bills related to antitrust law and policy. Garvey has been the recipient of two Fulbright grants; the first to conduct research as a senior scholar at the Max Planck Institute in Hamburg, Germany, and the second as a senior lecturer at the Jagiellonian University of Krakow, Poland.

    Research and Writing


    Economic Law and Economic Growth: Antitrust, Regulation, and the American Growth System. New York: Greenwood Press, 1990 (with Gerald J. Garvey).

    Study of the Antitrust Treble Damage Remedy: Report of the Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. House of Representatives, Ninety-Eighth Congress, Second Session. Washington, D.C.: U.S.G.P.O., 1984.


    "The Value of Work: A Catholic Critique of a U.S. Constitutional Norm," in Work as Key to the Social Question. Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2002.

    "Evolving Standards Under the Free Exercise Clause: Neutrality or
    Accommodation" in Piety, Politics, and Pluralism: Religion, The Courts, and the 2000 Election. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.

    "A Catholic Social Teaching Critique of Law and Economics." Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.

    "Policy Implications of the Georgetown Study." Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1988.


    "Business as a Vocation: Implications for Catholic Legal Education." St. John's University Review of Business 25 (Winter 2004): 37.

    "The Theory of the Firm, Managerial Responsibility and Catholic Social Teaching." Journal of Markets and Morality 6 (2003): 525.

    "American Retreat From Extraterritorial Antitrust Enforcement: Consequences of New Legislative Policies for an International Competitive Economy." Rabels Zeitschrift Fur Auslandisches Und Internationales Privatrecht 51 (1987): 401.

    "Transnational Joint Ventures and Antitrust Analysis." Stanford Journal of International Law 21 (Fall 1985): 331.

    "Exports, Banking and Antitrust: The Export Trading Company Act: A Modest Tool for Export Promotion." Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business 5 (Winter 1984): 818.

    "Regulatory Reform in the Ocean Shipping Industry: An Extraordinary U.S. Commitment to Cartels." George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics 18 (Winter 1984): 1.

    "The Foreign Trade Antitrust Improvements Act of 1981." Law and Policy in International Business 14 (Winter 1982): 1.

    "The Sherman Act and the Vicious Will: Developing Standards for Criminal Intent in Sherman Act Prosecutions." Catholic University Law Review 29 (Winter 1980): 389.


    "Review of The Constitution, the Courts, and Human Rights: An Inquiry into the Legitimacy of Constitutional Policymaking by the Judiciary." Catholic University Law Review 33 (Spring 1984): 801.