The James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding

Upcoming Events

  • 28 Oct

    JWI XXII and Public Lecture

    TBD, 5:00 pm
    JWI will host our Senior Seminar group again this fall for a day of discussions on the workings of moral reasoning in the foundations of our law....

Recent Commentary

  • James Wilson Summer Legal Fellowship 2022

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Sep 9, 2022
    On July 31 2022, we convened our annual James Wilson Fellowship. The class and fellowship were among our best yet. In the spring, we selected a group of outstanding law students and young lawyers to comprise our ninth class of Fellows. We selected seventeen Fellows out of nearly sixty applicants. As we have the past […] …
  • “Don’t Ignore the Federal Levers on Abortion” – Hadley Arkes in National Review

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Aug 29, 2022
    Hadley Arkes argues that conservatives must use federal power to protect the rights of the unborn. Even before Roe v. Wade, the federal government involved itself in regulating abortion. After Dobbs, Arkes says the levers of federal power over abortion will be of great importance. The Biden Administration is already moving to protect access to […] …
  • “Liberty To Do What?” — Hadley Arkes at The Human Life Review

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Jul 6, 2022
    On June 1, 2022, James Wilson Institute Founder and Director Hadley Arkes joined First Things editor Rusty Reno and City College of New York’s George McKenna for a panel hosted by The Human Life Review. They first discussed the potential conflict between liberty and freedom as written in McKenna’s essay, “The Odd Couple: Freedom and […] …
  • “The Greatest Living American Issues His Career-defining Court Opinion” – Josh Hammer

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Jun 28, 2022
    Josh Hammer is opinion editor of Newsweek, a research fellow with the Edmund Burke Foundation, counsel and policy advisor for the Internet Accountability Project, a syndicated columnist through Creators and a contributing editor for Anchoring Truths. In a piece for The Epoch Times, Josh Hammer outlines how Justice Clarence Thomas’s 63-page majority opinion in New […] …
  • “What Comes After Roe” by Gerard V. Bradley

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Jun 28, 2022
    Gerard V. Bradley is a trustee of JWI and a professor of law at Notre Dame School of Law “Almost fifty years after handing down its calamitous abortion decision on January 22, 1973, SCOTUS has finally corrected the biggest mistake it ever made.” Gerard V. Bradley, trustee of the James Wilson Institute and professor of […] …
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All men are by nature equal and free. No one has a right to any authority over another without his consent
— James Wilson, Considerations on the Nature and Extent of the Legislative Authority of the British Parliament, 1774