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 eight-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. The Journal was cited by Justice Scalia’s majority opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 at 51 (2008). In 2007, 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 year's lecture, entitled Courts, Rights, & New Technology: Judging in an Ever-Changing World was delivered by The Honorable Jeffrey S. Sutton, a federal judge on the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. 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 the 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 lecture which was entitled 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.