Ilya Somin is a Professor of Law at George Mason University. Before his 2003 appointment at George Mason, he was the John M. Olin Fellow in Law at Northwestern University and clerked for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the Fifth Circuit. He is the author of The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain, Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter, and coauthor of A Conspiracy against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case. Somin is widely published in both the scholarly and popular press, including the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, and also Reason, the LA Times, and USA Today.

Somin’s interests include democracy and political knowledge, federalism, and property rights. As a member of the Volokh Conspiracy, he is a prominent blogger.

More from Ilya Somin


Cato Studies

Libertarianism and Federalism

Policy Analysis No. 751. June 30, 2014.

Robin Hood in Reverse: The Case against Taking Private Property for Economic Development

Policy Analysis No. 535. February 21, 2005.

When Ignorance Isn’t Bliss: How Political Ignorance Threatens Democracy

Policy Analysis No. 525. September 22, 2004.

Public Filings

Kentner v. City of Sanibel

Legal Briefs. November 3, 2014.

Mariner’s Cove Townhomes Association v. United States

Legal Briefs. July 15, 2013.

United States v. Kebodeaux

Legal Briefs. April 4, 2013.