On the one hand, we all want our individual liberties and freedom to lead fruitful, productive lives. But being a community of individuals, we also need a set of rules called laws to guarantee those freedoms. But how much is enough and at what point is too much? The Rule of Law Seminar provides an engaging forum for those getting their first taste in the ideas of liberty to explore this essential topic.
Foundations of Liberty: The Rule of Law
Economics, Troy University
George R. Crowley is Assistant Professor of Economics and member of the Manuel H. Johnson Center for Political Economy at Troy University in Troy, AL. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from West Virginia University in 2011. Dr. Crowley’s research focuses on topics in public economics and constitutional political economy, with a specific emphasis on constraining government. In addition, he has had articles appear in journals such as Economic Inquiry, Public Choice, and the Southern Economic Journal. At Troy, Prof. Crowley teaches Principles of Micro and Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Public Finance, and a course on the Economic and Moral Foundations of Capitalism.
Economics, Providence College
Angela Dills is Associate Professor of Economics at Providence College where she teaches introduction to microeconomics, managerial economics, labor economics, and a seminar on markets & morality. She previously held faculty positions at Clemson University, Mercer University, and Wellesley College. Dr. Dills received a B.A. from the University of Virginia and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Boston University. Specializing in the economics of crime and the economics of education, her research focuses on policy issues such as alcohol prohibition, school choice, accountability, peer effects, and college quality. Her research has appeared in major journals including the Journal of Health Economics, Economic Inquiry, American Law and Economic Review, and the Economics of Education Review.
Law, Institute for Justice
Clark Neily joined the Institute for Justice as a senior attorney in 2000. He litigates economic liberty, property rights, school choice, First Amendment and other constitutional cases in both federal and state courts.
Mr. Neily has served as counsel in a successful challenge to Nevada’s monopolistic limousine licensing practices, which effectively prevented small -business-persons from operating their own limousine services in the Las Vegas area. He was also the lead attorney in the Institute’s successful defense of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy against a lawsuit by the Michigan Education Association challenging the Center’s right to quote the MEA’s president in fundraising literature, and he is currently leading IJ’s opposition to a nationwide effort to cartelize the interior design industry through anti-competitive occupational licensing requirements. Mr. Neily is also a member the leader of the Institute’s school choice team. Besides representing parents and children in defense of Florida’s Opportunity Scholarship Program and school choice programs in Arizona, Maine, Milwaukee, and elsewhere, he has made numerous public appearances and participated in many debates in support of school choice.
Philosophy, The College of New Jersey
A transplant from Scotland to the United States James Stacey Taylor is Associate Professor of Philosophy at The College of New Jersey. Branded a heretic by the London Times for his arguments in favor of legalizing markets in human organs in his book Stakes and Kidneys: Why markets in human organs are morally imperative (Ashgate, 2005) he is also the author of Practical Autonomy and Bioethics (Routledge, 2009), and Death, Posthumous Harm, and Bioethics (Routledge, 2012). He is the editor of Personal Autonomy: New essays (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and Death: Metaphysics and Ethics (Oxford University Press, 2013). He is currently working on a book defending markets in everything, including votes and children.
In addition to his academic writing he has authored numerous Op-Eds on bioethical issues which have appeared in publications including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Daily News, and USA Today. He is an occasional contributor to NPR and has been quoted in The New York Times.
He currently lives with his wife and daughter on a (very) small farm that they’ll be turning back into a dairy as soon as they acquire the necessary cows. In the meantime, he is forced to rise at insanely early times each morning to tend to the various needs of chickens, lazy hunting dogs, pointless cats, and bees.