The Journal of Law & Liberty is the first student-edited law journal dedicated to the critical exploration of classical liberal ideas. The Journal is dedicated to providing a forum for the debate of issues related to human freedom from both theoretical and practical standpoints. Recently, the Journal has published articles focusing on issues including the nature of rules and order, theories of rights and liberty, legal history, jurisprudence, constitutional law, historical and contemporary legislation. We seek scholarship from philosophers, jurisprudes, economists, and historians, as well as from lawyers.
In its nine-year history, the Journal has featured works from scholars such as Richard Posner, Richard Epstein, Jack Rakove, John Hasnas, Liam Murphy, Randy Barnett, and Eugene Volokh. In 2008, the Journal was cited by Justice Scalia in his majority opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570, 623 (2008). The Supreme Court referenced Brian Frye’s article, The Peculiar Story of United States v. Miller, 3 N.Y.U. J. L. & Liberty 48 (2007).
Additionally, each year the Journal presents the Friedrich A. von Hayek Lecture. This past fall, the tenth annual lecture was given by Thomas Merrill, the Charles Evans Hughes Professor of Law at Columbia Law., in honor of the fortieth anniversary of Hayek's Nobel prize in economics. Professor Merrill spoke on "“Possession as a Natural Right.” In fall 2013, The Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton, a federal judge on the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, gave a lecture entitled Courts, Rights, & New Technology: Judging in an Ever-Changing World. In the fall of 2012, Robert D. Cooter, the Herman F. Selvin Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Law and Economics Program at Berkeley Law, delivered a lecture entitled Freedom, Innovation, and Intellectual Property. In the fall of 2011, Judge Robert Smith of the New York State Court of Appeals delivered The Hayekian Judge: Liberty and the Rule of Law. In 2010, the lecture was delivered by Randy Barnett, the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at Georgetown University Law Center. Professor Barnett's corresponding article has also been cited in three amicus briefs before the Supreme Court in the highly-publicized healthcare litigation.