Elizabeth Sepper

Professor of Law

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Sepper is a scholar of religious liberty, health law and discrimination. She has written extensively on the interactions between religion and reproductive and end-of-life healthcare. She also is one of the nation’s foremost experts in the antidiscrimination obligations of public accommodations—that is, businesses, social service providers and organizations open to the public.

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Law, religion and health in the United States

Should physicians be required to disclose their religious beliefs to patients? How should we think about institutional conscience in the health care setting? How should health care providers deal with families with religious objections to withdrawing treatment? These questions and more are tackled in a new book co-edited by an expert on health law at Washington University in St. Louis.

WashU Expert: Human rights at issue in Mississippi law

A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has heard arguments on Mississippi HB 1523, which allows people with certain religious beliefs to refuse goods and services to LGBTQ and unmarried people. The bill is a textbook example of an unconstitutional law, says a law and religion scholar at Washington University in St. Louis.