The James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding

Upcoming Events

  • 22 Sep

    Regional Seminar: Provo, UT

    UT, 5:00 pm
    We are excited to announce the next James Wilson Regional Seminar in Provo, UT, on September 22-23.  Co-sponsored by the Wheatley...
  • 2 Oct

    John Marshall: Landmarks & Legacy

    On Monday, October 2, we are pleased to partner with ConSource and the John Marshall Foundation to host two panels on the landmark cases and the...
  • 4 Nov

    James Wilson XIII

    DC, 8:00 am
    Continuing our longest-running flagship program, Hadley Arkes will bring together stars on the federal bench, gifted professors in law and...

Recent Commentary

  • “What Fr. Arne Shaped”-Hadley Arkes in The Catholic Thing

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Jul 26, 2017
    Father Arne Panula, a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei, passed away on July 19, 2017 after several months’ battle with cancer. Fr. Arne was a humble servant of Christ and a beloved friend of Professor Hadley Arkes. In a memoir entitled, “What Fr. Arne Shaped” for The Catholic Thing, Prof. Arkes recounts Fr. Arne’s final […] …
  • Conversation with Catherine Glenn Foster ’16, President & CEO of Americans United for Life

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Jul 12, 2017
    JWI: Can you tell me a little bit about Americans United for Life? Catherine: Americans United for Life (AUL), the nation’s premier pro-life legal team, works through the law and legislative process to one end: Achieving comprehensive legal protection for human life from conception to natural death. AUL is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy […] …
  • “The Moral Turn”–Hadley Arkes in First Things

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on Jun 2, 2017
    We share with you Prof. Arkes’s latest piece in the May 2017 print edition of First Things titled, “The Moral Turn.” The argument in the piece is largely drawn from an ongoing topic of discussion in one of our JWI programs, our biannual Senior Seminar. A year ago, our core attendees of judges and law professors contrasted the dissent from conservative justices Rehnquist […] …
  • VIDEO: Hadley Arkes Delivers 2017 Commencement Address at Institute of World Politics

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on May 31, 2017
    On May 20th, 2017, Professor Arkes was honored by the Institute of World Politics, and delivered the Commencement address to IWP’s Graduating Class of 2017. IWP is a stand-alone Graduate School which was “founded to fill a major national need: to supply professional education in statecraft, national security, and international affairs.” For Professor Arkes, Commencements […] …
  • 2016 James Wilson Fellow Catherine Glenn Foster Named President & CEO of Americans United For Life

    Posted by James Wilson Institute on May 15, 2017
    In the past, we have called your attention to noteworthy advancements in the careers of some of the alumni of our James Wilson Fellowship program. We are deeply pleased to share the news—and a certain excitement—that 2016 Fellow Catherine Glenn Foster has been named President & CEO of Americans United for Life.  Photo Courtesy of AUL In […] …
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