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The Intellectual Origins of Legal Systems

A new Ayn Rand University course explores the crucial role of a legal system for civilization.

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“A complex legal system, based on objectively valid principles, is required to make a society free and to keep it free,” wrote Ayn Rand in “The Nature of Government.” In recognizing the legal system as a foundation of civilized society, Rand invited closer study of the rules that define how political institutions function and how citizens interact in their daily lives.

A Legal System as an Intellectual Achievement is a new Ayn Rand University course to be taught by Adam Mossoff, professor of law at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University. For eight weeks, starting in January, Mossoff will compare different legal systems and examine how they evolved, how they generated different types of legal rules, and how they function through legal institutions like the courts.

“This course will study legal systems as an intellectual achievement distinct from political or constitutional theory,” Mossoff notes. The course is designed for anyone who seeks a deeper philosophic understanding of a crucial pillar of civilization and freedom. No previous knowledge of the law is required.

Classes start on January 23, and you can sign up as a graded student or an auditor here.


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Agustina Vergara Cid

Agustina Vergara Cid, LLB and LLM, is an associate fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute and an opinion columnist at the Orange County Register.

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