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  • “The ‘Settled’ Agony of the Hearings”: Prof. Hadley Arkes in The Catholic Thing

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Oct 20, 2020
    In this piece, JWI Founder and Director, Prof. Hadley Arkes addresses the recent Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Amy Coney Barrett. He points out that there were not always hearing for Supreme Court nominees in the past and elaborates that the hearings became far more frequent and contentious once the Supreme Court placed abortion laws […] …
  • VIDEO: Natural Law and Originalism: In Concert or At Odds?

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Oct 19, 2020
    On October 16th, the American Enterprise Institute’s Center on Social, Cultural, and Constitutional Studies, in partnership with the James Wilson Institute, hosted a public webinar with Peter Wallison, Senior Fellow at AEI. Wallison was joined by JWI Founder and Director Hadley Arkes to discuss the basics of natural law, reflect on the coherence of originalism, […] …
  • “What Hath Gorsuch Wrought?”: Prof. Hadley Arkes in First Things

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Oct 13, 2020
    In this article, JWI Founder and Director, Prof. Hadley Arkes addresses the recent Bostock decision and its implications for the schools and families, who are just beginning to grapple with the brave new world of the transgendered after Justice Gorsuch’s opinion. Prof. Arkes points out that, despite what Gorsuch considered to be a very narrow ruling on […] …
  • “President Trump and His Executive Order”: Hadley Arkes in The Catholic Thing

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Oct 6, 2020
    In this article, Prof. Hadley Arkes comments on President Trump’s recent announcement that he would enact a new Executive Order to enforce the Born-Alive Infants’ Protection Act, which had previously had its penalties stripped from it. Arkes was initially disappointed by the announcement, for Mr. Trump failed to make a connection between the Born-Alive and […] …
  • Does the Court Have the Final Word? – Mark L. Movsesian in Law & Liberty

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Oct 6, 2020
    In this article, Mark L. Movsesian reviews Louis Fisher’s new book: Reconsidering Judicial Finality: Why the Supreme Court Is Not the Last Word on the Constitution. Professor Movsesian writes about the author’s goal to demolish the “myth” of judicial supremacy. He agrees with Louis Fisher’s argument against judicial supremacy since the Supreme Court’s decision can […] …
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