Brennan Lecture


George Mason University

Thursday, January 23, 2014

5 p.m.

Homsey Family Moot Courtroom

Sarkeys Law Center



Ilya Somin¬ ILYA SOMIN is Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law. His research focuses ¬†on ¬† ¬†constitutional law, property law, and the study of popular political participation and its implications ¬†for ¬†constitutional democracy. He is the author of Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller ¬†Government is ¬†Smarter, and coauthor of A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh ¬†Conspiracy and the Health Care Case. His ¬†work has appeared in numerous scholarly journals, ¬†including the Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, ¬ Northwestern University Law Review, ¬ Georgetown Law Journal, Critical Review, and others. Somin has also ¬†published articles in a variety ¬†of popular press outlets, including the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times Room ¬†for Debate ¬†website, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, Newark Star Ledger, Orlando ¬†Sentinel, South China Morning Post, Legal Times, National Law Journal and Reason. He has been quoted or ¬†interviewed by the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera and the Voice of America, among other media. He recently testified on the use of drones for targeted killing in the War on Terror before the US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights. In July 2009, he testified on property rights issues at the United States Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Somin writes regularly for the popular Volokh Conspiracy law and politics blog. From 2006 until mid-2013, Somin served as Co-Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review, one of the country’s top-rated law and economics journals.