Timothy Sandefur is Vice President for Litigation at the Goldwater Institute where he oversees the Institute’s legal staff, and also holds the Clarence J. & Katherine P. Duncan Chair in Constitutional Government. As a litigator, he has won important victories for economic liberty in California, Kentucky, Missouri, Oregon, and other states. He is the author of five books—Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man (2018), Cornerstone of Liberty: Property Rights in 21st Century America (second edition, coauthored with Christina Sandefur, 2016), The Permission Society (2016), The Conscience of The Constitution (2014), The Right to Earn A Living: Economic Freedom And The Law (2010) — as well as some dozens of scholarly articles on subjects ranging from eminent domain and economic liberty to antitrust, Indian law, copyright, evolution and creationism, slavery and the Civil War, and legal issues in Shakespeare, ancient Greek drama, and Star Trek. His articles have appeared in Reason, National Review, The Weekly Standard, The Claremont Review of Books, and elsewhere.

More from Timothy Sandefur


Frederick Douglass Was His Own Man

Ricochet. February 27, 2018.

For This 6-Year-Old, the Law Sees Only Race

The Wall Street Journal. March 24, 2016.

Conservatives: Don’t Panic about the Supreme Court!

Daily Caller. February 18, 2016.


In Defense of Substantive Due Process, or the Promise of Lawful Rule

Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. Vol. 35. No. 1. Winter 2012.

Public Filings

Cato Reviews & Journals

Suffer the Little Children

Regulation. Winter 2017/2018.

Libertarians’ Legal Influence

Policy Report. July/August 2017.

Free Speech for You and Me, but Not for Professionals

Regulation. Winter 2015-2016.


The Indian Child Welfare Act at 40

September 20, 2018. Policy Forum.

Frederick Douglass: Self-Made Man

February 8, 2018. Book Forum.

Cato Institute 40th Anniversary Celebration

May 5, 2017 to May 7, 2017. Special Event.