(Norman) Stephan Kinsella is an attorney and libertarian writer in Houston. He is Founder and Executive Editor of Libertarian Papers, Founder and Director of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom (C4SIF), a member of the Editorial Board of Reason Papers, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Molinari Review, a member of the Advisory Board of the Creative Common Law Project (2018–), a former member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Peace, Prosperity & Freedom (Australia), a member of the Advisory Board of the Lexington Books series Capitalist Thought: Studies in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, co-founder and member of the Advisory Council for the Open Crypto Alliance, a member of the Advisory Council of the Government Waste and Over-regulation Council of the Our America Initiative (2014—), and legal advisor to LBRY (2015—). A registered patent attorney and former adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law, he has published numerous articles and books on IP law, international law, and the application of libertarian principles to legal topics. He received an LL.M. in international business law from King’s College London, a JD from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU, and BSEE and MSEE degrees from LSU. • firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m from Prairieville, Louisiana, a small town near Baton Rouge. I graduated from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge in 1983, and attended LSU from 1983 to 1991 (B.S. & M.S., electrical engineering, 1987 and 1990; JD, LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, 1991). I attended King’s College London–University of London from 1991 to 1992, and received an LL.M. in international business law in 1992. I’m married; my wife and I have one child.
I am a registered patent attorney and have practiced law since 1992, initially with Jackson Walker L.L.P. in Houston (1992-94), in the firm’s oil & gas and intellectual property sections. I moved in 1994 to Philadelphia, where I practiced IP law with Schnader Harrison LLP (1994-97), and then with Duane Morris LLP (1997-2000). In late 1997 I moved back to Houston, where I opened Duane Morris’s Houston office and was a partner in the IP Department. In late 2000, I left Duane Morris to become general counsel for one of my clients, Applied Optoelectronics, Inc., a laser manufacturer in Sugar Land. In March 2012 I formed my own law practice. I also taught for two years as Adjunct Professor (computer law) at South Texas College of Law.
I’ve been interested in libertarianism since about 1982, due in part to the influence of Ayn Rand and later Rothbard, Mises, Milton Friedman, Henry Hazlitt, Frederic Bastiat, the Tannehills, and Hans-Hermann Hoppe. Since 1991, I have been writing and speaking on topics such as rights theory, legal theory, Austrian economics, anarcho-libertarianism, contract theory, inalienability, property law, causation, intellectual property, and punishment theory. Libertarian-related books include Property, Freedom, and Society: Essays in Honor of Hans-Hermann Hoppe (co-editor, with Jörg Guido Hülsmann, Mises Institute, 2009); Against Intellectual Property (Mises Institute, 2008); and Law in a Libertarian World: Legal Foundations of a Free Society, an edited selection of my libertarian articles (forthcoming 2016). Other forthcoming works include Copy This Book. My article Against Intellectual Property (Journal of Libertarian Studies, Spring 2001) was the winner of the Mises Institute’s O.P. Alford III Prize for the article published during 2001–2002 that best advances libertarian scholarship, awarded at the eighth Austrian Scholars Conference, March 16, 2002, Auburn, Alabama.
My legal publications include International Investment, Political Risk, and Dispute Resolution: A Practitioner’s Guide (Oxford University Press, 2005; second edition forthcoming 2019); Online Contract Formation (Oceana Publications, 2004); Trademark Practice and Forms (Oxford University Press, 2001–2011; West/Thomson Reuters 2011–2013); World Online Business Law (Oxford University Press, 2003–2011); Digest of Commercial Laws of the World (Oxford University Press, 1998-2013); Protecting Foreign Investment Under International Law: Legal Aspects of Political Risk (Oceana Publications, 1997); and Louisiana Civil Law Dictionary (Quid Pro Books, 2011).
I have delivered speeches and taught on a variety of legal and political topics before various institutions and fora, including the Mises Institute’s Austrian Scholars Conference, Mises University, and Rothbard Graduate Seminar; the Federalist Society; South Texas College of Law; Yale University; Texas Students for Liberty; New York Liberty Fest; The Adam Smith Institute (Moscow); the International Conference on the Unity of Sciences; HOBY Texas Leadership Seminar; the Liberální Institut; the Property and Freedom Society; New York University School of Law; and various documentaries, radio shows, and podcasts; and at locations including Auburn, Alabama; Houston; Philadelphia; Seoul, Korea; Prague, Czech Republic; Bodrum, Turkey; Austin, Texas; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; New York City. Further information may be found on my Speaking, Teaching and Media page.
I am a member of the Editorial Board of Reason Papers (since 2009), a member of the Editorial Board of Reason Papers, a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Molinari Review (since 2015), a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Peace, Prosperity & Freedom [Australia], a member of the Advisory Council of the Government Wast and Over-regulation Council of the Our America Initiative (2014—), the founder and Executive Editor of Libertarian Papers (January 2009-present), and founder and Director of the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom (C4SIF, Oct. 2010-present). I was Book Review Editor of the Journal of Libertarian Studies (Mises Institute, 2000–2004) and a member of the Advisory Panel of the Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS) (2009–2012). I’ve also taught courses at the online Mises Academy.
- Speaking, Teaching and Media
- Libertarian Publications
- Legal Publications
- How I Became A Libertarian, December 18, 2002, LewRockwell.com
- Legal Bio & CV
- Kudos—praise and criticism of moi
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