Leslie Green, Professor of the Philosophy of Law at Oxford University and Fellow of Balliol College, gave me permission to repost these comments he made on facebook:
Of Neil Gorsuch's apparent plagiarism in his 2006 book, my colleague John Finnis says, 'Gorsuch’s writing and citing was easily and well within the proper and accepted standards of scholarly research and writing in the field of study in which he and I work.'
This is false. Had any of my DPhil students engaged in this sort of plagiarism I would have refused to sign their examination forms and would have reported them to the University. No reputable press would publish a book if it knew that it contained this sort of thing. I do not think any of my (other) colleagues in the Oxford Law Faculty think differently.
But then maybe Finnis has in mind something different than I do when he speaks of 'the field of study in which [Gorsuch] and I work' ?