The James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding

Founded by Hadley Arkes in 2013, the James Wilson Institute (JWI) is devoted to the study, spread, and further understanding of natural rights. JWI’s mission is to restore to a new generation of lawyers and citizens the understanding of the American Founders about the first principles of our law and the moral grounds of their own rights. Your tax-deductible gift will go towards supporting programs, such as the biannual conferences which bring together federal judges who want to get a firmer hold on the natural law, an annual Fellowship program for accomplished young lawyers, regional meetings around the country for lawyers interested in learning about natural law, and free lectures hosted in Washington, DC. JWI is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our EIN # is: 41-1970028. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Thank you for your support. We invite you to watch a brief video below featuring our 2017 JW Fellows as confirmation of our work.

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Support Levels

  • I. Young Wilsonians - $250
    • Quarterly JWI Newsletter
  • II. Wilsonians - $500
    • Quarterly JWI Newsletter
  • III. Thomas Reid Circle - $1,000
    • All benefits above
    • Signed copy of Prof. Arkes book (choose from 7)
  • IV. John Marshall Circle - $2,500
    • All benefits above
    • Prof. Arkes’ “Political Obligations” lectures (CD)
  • V. Calvin Coolidge Circle - $5,000
    • All benefits above
    • Private JWI events, speaker receptions, dinners
  • VI. Abraham Lincoln Circle - $10,000
    • All benefits above
    • A JWI Senior Fellow will speak at a private donor-hosted event during the membership year.

Sustaining Levels

  • Alexander Hamilton Patrons
    • $5,000 annually for 3 years
    • All benefits of Tiers I - V
    • Hamilton Patrons are named sponsors of  JWI Summer Fellows.  We will arrange for Fellows to meet personally with their Patrons annually, after their Fellows program. Patrons are members of the JWI Patrons Council.
  • John Witherspoon Patrons
    • $20,000 annually for 3 years
    • All benefits of Tiers I-V
    • Witherspoon Patrons support one of our three JWI Senior Fellows.  They may host a private event in their hometown at which Prof. Arkes or one of our Senior Fellows* will speak. Patrons are members of the JWI Patrons Council & JWI Board of Advisors.

*Senior Fellows being recruited at the end of 2017.    

To sustain the work of the James Wilson Institute as a Patron, please speak with JWI Managing Director Michael Maibach. You may reach him via telephone at 703-851-6811 or via email at m at Maibach.us.

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Contributions in the form of a personal check may be sent to the following address: James Wilson Institute, 722 12th St. NW, Fourth Floor, Washington, D.C. 20005.

Government, in my humble opinion, should be formed to secure and to enlarge the exercise of natural rights of its members, and every government, which has not this in view, as its principal object, is not a government of the legitimate kind.
— James Wilson, Lectures on Law, 1790