Brett Scharffs
Associate Dean and Francis R. Kirkham Professor of Law; Associate Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies

Brett G. Scharffs is Francis R. Kirkham Professor of Law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University and Associate Director of the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. His teaching and scholarly interests include comparative and international law and religion, jurisprudence and adjudication, and international business law.

Professor Scharffs is a graduate of Georgetown University, where he received a B.S.B.A in international business and an M.A. in philosophy. He was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned a B.Phil in philosophy. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Professor Scharffs was a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, and worked as a legal assistant at the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague. Before teaching at BYU, he worked as an attorney for the New York law firm, Sullivan & Cromwell. He has previously taught at Yale University and the George Washington University Law School, and is a visiting professor each year at Central European University in Budapest.

In his twelve year academic career, Professor Scharffs has written more than 50 articles and book chapters, and has made over 150 scholarship presentations in 20 countries. His casebook, Law and Religion: U.S., International, and Comparative Perspectives, co-written with his colleague, W. Cole Durham, Jr. was publisehd by Aspen and WoltersKluwer in 2010.

He is married to Deirdre Mason Crane Scharffs and has three children, Elliot, Sophelia, and Ella. He enjoys coaching his son's baseball team, riding his mountain bike, skiing, and golf.

Contact: 530 JRCB, BYU Law School, Provo, UT 84602 • (801) 422-9025 •
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Curriculum Vitae: View Brett Scharffs's Curriculum Vitae here.
  • JD from Yale University. Class of 1992.
    Senior Editor, Yale Law Journal
  • BPhil from Oxford University. Class of 1989.
    Rhodes Scholarship
  • MA from Georgetown University. Class of 1987.
    Summa Cum Laude
  • BSBA from Georgetown University. Class of 1986.
    Magna Cum Laude
Research Interests:
  • Comparative and International Law and Religion
  • Jurisprudence and Adjudication
  • Fiduciary Duty
Classes Taught: Law and Religion Colloquium , Legal Reasoning and Persuasion Seminar , Professional Seminar , Adjudication Seminar: Rules and Balancing , Adjudication Seminar: Law and Logic , Theories of Adjudication , International Protection of Religious Liberty , Church and State in the United States , Fiduciary Duty in Law and Equity , Regulation of Mutual Funds and Investment Advisors , Regulation of International Securities, Business Associations, International Business Transactions, Law and Religion in the United States, International and Comparative Law and Religion, Logic for Lawyers, Lincoln the Lawyer, Legal Interpretation and Analysis