The Harms of Drug Prohibition

   Randy E. Barnett is a lawyer and legal theorist, and a Senior Fellow of the Cato Institute and the Goldwater Institute. He also teaches constitutional law and contracts at Georgetown University Law Center. In this video from a 1999 Institute for Economic Studies meeting in Aix-en-Provence, France, Barnett recounts his time spent as a […]

Restoring the Lost Constitution

Barnett traces a history of Supreme Court decisions that have eviscerated the individual rights he argues the Constitution was originally intended to protect, and sketches a blueprint for how the “lost Constitution” might be restored. On May 21, 1972, Laszlo Toth, a 33-year-old Australian geologist, slipped into St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. As the crowd attending […]

A Biography of Randy E. Barnett

Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts. After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he tried many felony cases as a prosecutor in the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office in Chicago. He has been a visiting professor at Northwestern and […]

On the Origins of the Modern Libertarian Legal Movement

by Roger Pilon The growing influence of the modern libertarian legal movement in America and beyond was no better illustrated recently than during the twoyear run-up to the Supreme Court’s “Obamacare” decision, which came down on the Court’s final day last June.1 Marginalized for years by many conservatives2 —to say nothing of the long dominant liberal establishment that dismissed their arguments out […]