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Upholding the Rule of Law During Times of Crisis

A Discussion with Todd Zywicki

October 13, 2016

The Rathskeller, Indianapolis

4:30 pm

Photo by Christopher Whonsetler

What is the role of government during times of national crisis?

The Center for the Study of Liberty partnered with the Library of Law & Liberty to host George Mason Law Professor Todd Zywicki for a talk on the rule of law and how it should impact our constitutional order and economy. The event was held in downtown Indianapolis at the historic Rathskeller. 


Professor Zywicki has argued that adhering to the rule of law during a crisis, financial or otherwise, is better for society than increasing the arbitrary power of government. 

Photos by Christopher Whonsetler

During his talk, Professor Zywicki reflected on the explosion of executive power in recent years and how this trend was driving the 2016 election. 

His remarks were followed by a Q&A session and a reception offering opportunities for further exploration and discussion.

Participants at the event were able to choose from the Center's extensive collection of Liberty Fund publications, and we hope they continued their exploration into the topic at home!

About Todd Zywicki

Professor Todd Zywicki is the Foundation Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School and the Executive Director of the Law & Economics Center, both at George Mason University. He received his J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he was executive editor of the Virginia Tax Review and John M. Olin Scholar in Law and Economics. 

Professor Zywicki also received an M.A. in Economics from Clemson University and an A.B. cum laude with high honors in his major from Dartmouth College.

He teaches in the area of Bankruptcy, Contracts, Commercial Law, Business Associations, Law & Economics, and Public Choice and the Law. He has also taught at Vanderbilt University Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, Boston College Law School, and Mississippi College School of Law.

In addition to authoring more than 70 articles in leading law reviews and peer-reviewed economics journals and serves as a member of the board of trustees or advisory board for numerous nonprofit and educational organizations. Since 2006 he has served as Co-Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review. He served as the Editor of the Supreme Court Economic Review from 2001–02.


He has testified several times before Congress on issues of consumer bankruptcy law and consumer credit and is a frequent commentator on legal issues in the print and broadcast media, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Forbes, Nightline, National Review, NBC Nightly News, The Newshour with Jim Lehrer, Fox and Friends, Fox Business, CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg News, BBC, ABC Radio, The Diane Rehm Show, Lou Dobbs Radio Show, Neil Caputo Show, and The Laura Ingraham Show. He is a contributor to the popular legal weblog The Volokh Conspiracy and The Atlantic magazine's The Atlantic Business Channel.

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