The Journal of Law & Liberty is the nation’s premiere student-edited law journal dedicated to the critical exploration of classical liberal ideas. To that end, the Journal provides a forum for the debate of textualist, originalist, conservative, libertarian, and heterodox legal thought from both theoretical and practical standpoints.
In its twelve-year history, the Journal has featured works from scholars including Jonathan Adler, Rachel Barkow, Randy Barnett, Will Baude, Evan Bernick, David Bernstein, Josh Blackman, Steven Calabresi, Viet Dinh, Richard Epstein, Barry Friedman, Douglas Ginsburg, Daniel Hulsebosch, Aziz Huq, Samuel Issacharoff, Gary Lawson, Michael McConnell, Thomas W. Merrill, Liam Murphy, Forrest Nabors, Clark Neily, Burt Neuborne, Michael Stokes Paulsen, Richard Pildes, Richard Posner, Jack Rakove, Michael B. Rappaport, Mario Rizzo, Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, Ilya Shapiro, Catherine Sharkey, Timothy Sandefur, Ilya Somin, Jeffrey Sutton, Seth Barrett Tillman, and Eugene Volokh.
J.L.L. articles have played important roles in some of the most significant legal cases of the 21st Century. Randy Barnett’s Commandeering the People: Why the Individual Health Insurance Mandate is Unconstitutional, 5 NYU J.L. & Liberty 581 (2010) provided the basis for NFIB v. Sibelius, and was cited frequently in that litigation. In 2008, Justice Scalia cited another Journal work, Brian Frye’s The Peculiar Story of United States v. Miller, 3 NYU J.L. & Liberty 48 (2007), in his majority opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, 623 (2008).
Each year the J.L.L. presents the Friedrich A. von Hayek Lecture. This past fall, the thirteenth annual lecture was given by Professor Dierdre McCloskey. Previous lecturers include Judge William Pryor of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals; Professor Thomas Merrill, the Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Law at Columbia University Law School; Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, gave a lecture entitled Courts, Rights, & New Technology: Judging in an Ever-Changing World; and Robert D. Cooter, the Herman F. Selvin Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Law and Economics Program at Berkeley Law.