Ilya Somin is a Professor of Law at George Mason University. He is the author of Democracy and Political Ignorance: Why Smaller Government Is Smarter and The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain, 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 the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, and USA Today.

Somin’s interests include democracy and political knowledge, federalism, and property rights. As a member of the Volokh Conspiracy, affiliated with the Washington Post, 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

Knick v. Township of Scott, Pa.

Legal Briefs. June 5, 2018.

Wayside Church v. Van Buren County, Michigan

Legal Briefs. August 16, 2017.

Kentner v. City of Sanibel

Legal Briefs. November 3, 2014.

Events

Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech

March 29, 2018. Book Forum.

A Conservative Approach to Smarter Federal Marijuana Policy

September 11, 2017. Capitol Hill Briefing.

The Politics of Game of Thrones

August 28, 2017. Policy Forum.