natural law

Born-Alive Act Redux!

Prof. Arkes reflects on his work crafting the Born Alive Act and takes some time to analyze the latest version of the Act, to him the best ever.

Positivism Only?: Privileges or Immunities in The Original Meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment

Professors Randy Barnett and Evan Bernick deliver an exhaustive originalist appraisal of the text, structure, and historical treatment of the Fourteenth Amendment in their co-authored 2021 book The Original Meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment. This title reflects the authors’ support of the modern, mainstream originalist project which seeks the original public meaning of enacted and

The Classical and Christian Origins of American Politics

JWI, with our co-sponsors, the Center for Religion Culture and Democracy at First Liberty Institute, and the Civitas Institute, present this webinar. The webinar featured Justin Dyer and Kody Cooper discussing their upcoming book on the natural law influences of the American Founding. We were also joined by Jordan Ballor, in addition to a surprise

“Constititional Issues Post-Dobbs” JWI at Nat Con 3

The James Wilson Institute was one of the co-sponsors of the National Conservatism Conference in Miami, Florida from September 11-13 2022. We were grateful to be invited by the Edmund Burke Foundation, the conference organizer, to convene a panel titled “Constitutional Issues Post-Dobbs.” This panel provided unique insights into the state and direction of legal

“Constitutional Issues Post-Dobbs” JWI at Nat Con 3

The James Wilson Institute co-sponsored the National Conservatism Conference in Miami, Florida from September 11-13. We, along with the conference organizers, the Edmund Burke Foundation, convened a panel titled “Constitutional Issues Post-Dobbs.” This panel provided unique insights into the state and direction of legal conservatism. You can watch each of our panelists’ remarks below. JWI

Common Good Originalism After Dobbs

The following is a transcript of remarks originally given in Miami at the National Conservatism Conference JWI helped to organize in September 2022. In 2020, Harvard Law School professor Adrian Vermeule first outlined his proposal for a jurisprudence of “common good constitutionalism” in an essay in The Atlantic. I initially responded with a friendly essay at the Claremont Institute’s American Mind site that

“Building on the Right” with Mike Sabo, Editor of the RealClear Civics Portal

In this episode, Anchoring Truths continues its “Building on the Right” series with Mike Sabo, editor for RealClear American Civics. Garrett Snedeker sits down with Mike to discuss RealClear Public Affairs a “new series of sponsored curation” designed to “provide coverage of important and trending public policy issues.” The series provides its audience with a

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