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Under the direction of Tim Lynch, Cato’s Project on Criminal Justice has become a leading voice in support of the Bill of Rights and civil liberties. His research interests include the war on terrorism, overcriminalization, the drug war, the militarization of police tactics, and gun control. In 2000, he served on the National Committee to Prevent Wrongful Executions. Lynch has also filed several amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court in cases involving constitutional rights. He is the editor of In the Name of Justice: Leading Experts Reexamine the Classic Article “The Aims of the Criminal Law” and After Prohibition: An Adult Approach to Drug Policies in the 21st Century. Since joining Cato in 1991, Lynch has published articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, ABA Journal, and the National Law Journal. He has appeared on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News Tonight, Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. Lynch is a member of the Wisconsin, District of Columbia, and Supreme Court bars. He earned both a B.S. and a J.D. from Marquette University.

Tim Lynch also blogs extensively at the Cato Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project.

In this podcast, Tim Lynch interviews the renowned firearms trainer, Massad Ayoob, on Stand Your Ground Laws, the law of self-defense more generally, and the Trayvon Martin case.

More from Tim Lynch


2015 Can be the Year of Criminal Justice Reform

Washington Examiner. February 9, 2015.

Ferguson, a War Zone or U.S. City? August 14, 2014.

Holder’s Puny Sentencing Reform

Daily Caller. August 13, 2013.

Cato Studies


Public Filings

Sekhar v. United States

Legal Briefs. March 14, 2013.

Salinas v. Texas

Legal Briefs. February 27, 2013.

Nelson v. City of Rochester

Legal Briefs. December 21, 2012.

Cato Reviews & Journals

One Cheer for United States v. Booker

Supreme Court Review. 2004-2005.

Power and Liberty in Wartime

Supreme Court Review. 2003-2004.

The Case Against Plea Bargaining

Regulation. Fall 2003.