Elizabeth Sepper

Associate Professor of Law


B.A., 2002, Boston University
J.D., 2006, New York University School of Law
LL.M., 2007, New York University School of Law 

Curriculum Vitae





Rachel Mance - (314) 935-3380

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-3380
Email: esepper@wulaw.wustl.edu  


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 556

Courses Taught

Health Law
Health Law & Policy Seminar


Professor Elizabeth Sepper is a health law scholar whose work explores the interaction of morality, professional ethics, and law in health care and insurance. She has written extensively on conscientious refusals to provide reproductive and end-of-life healthcare and on conflicts over religious liberty and insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive coverage mandate. In an article forthcoming in the Indiana Law Journal, Sepper argues against the extension of “conscientious objector” protections from medicine to same-sex marriage to allow businesses to discriminate against engaged and married lesbians and gays. Her current research argues that conscience claims from business entities against contraceptive insurance coverage, pharmacy regulations, and antidiscrimination laws represent “Free Exercise Lochnerism,” that is, the use of religious freedom arguments to advance deregulatory interests.
Her articles have also appeared in the Virginia Law Review, Texas International Law Journal, University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, and New York University Law Review. 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