Leonard Liggio

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Leonard Liggio is a classical liberal author, research professor of law at George Mason University
George Mason University
George Mason University is a public university based in unincorporated Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, south of and adjacent to the city of Fairfax. Additional campuses are located nearby in Arlington County, Prince William County, and Loudoun County...

, and executive vice president of the Atlas Economic Research Foundation
Atlas Economic Research Foundation
The Atlas Economic Research Foundation, also known as the Atlas Network, is a non-profit organization based in the United States which organizes and convenes workshops, offers training, runs prize programs, and provides advisory services in order to continue growing and strengthening an informal...

 in Fairfax, Virginia
Fairfax, Virginia
The City of Fairfax is an independent city forming an enclave within the confines of Fairfax County, in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. Although politically independent of the surrounding county, the City is nevertheless the county seat....

, USA.

Present positions


He is also visiting professor of Law at the Francisco Marroquin Universityhttps://ufm.edu in Guatemala City
Guatemala City
Guatemala City , is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Guatemala and Central America...

, at the Academia Istropolitana in Bratislava (Slovakia
Slovakia
The Slovak Republic is a landlocked state in Central Europe. It has a population of over five million and an area of about . Slovakia is bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south...

), at the Institute for Political and Economic Studies (Georgetown University
Georgetown University
Georgetown University is a private, Jesuit, research university whose main campus is in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Founded in 1789, it is the oldest Catholic university in the United States...

) and at the University of Aix-en-Provence, France (close to his friend Jacques Garello).

Leonard P. Liggio is Executive Director of the John Templeton Foundation Freedom Project at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation
Atlas Economic Research Foundation
The Atlas Economic Research Foundation, also known as the Atlas Network, is a non-profit organization based in the United States which organizes and convenes workshops, offers training, runs prize programs, and provides advisory services in order to continue growing and strengthening an informal...

, where he led the International Freedom Project from 1998 to 2003.

He is now a Distinguished Senior Scholar with the Institute for Humane Studies
Institute for Humane Studies
The Institute for Humane Studies is a classical liberal non-profit organization whose stated mission is “to support the achievement of a freer society by discovering and facilitating the development of talented students, scholars, and other intellectuals who share an interest in liberty and in...

, where he had served as Director, Programs in History and Social Theory from 1974 to 1977, as Executive Vice-President from 1979 to 1980 and then as President from 1980 to 1989.
He had been Chairman, from 1980 to 1994 and then Vice-Chairman, from 1994 to 1998, of the Humane Studies Foundation.

International activities


Leonard Liggio has an international influence. In 1958, he attended his first meeting of the Mont Pelerin Society
Mont Pelerin Society
The Mont Pelerin Society is an international organization composed of economists , philosophers, historians, intellectuals, business leaders, and others who favour classical liberalism...

 in the USA, held at Princeton University
Princeton University
Princeton University is a private research university located in Princeton, New Jersey, United States. The school is one of the eight universities of the Ivy League, and is one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution....

. He became a Member of the Program Committee for the Society's 1994 meeting at Cannes
Cannes
Cannes is one of the best-known cities of the French Riviera, a busy tourist destination and host of the annual Cannes Film Festival. It is a Commune of France in the Alpes-Maritimes department....

, France, in 1992.
In 1996, he became its treasurer (until 2000) as well as a member of its Program and Planning Committee for the 1998 Society meeting in Washington, DC., and of its Board of Directors (until 2006).
He became the Chairman of its Program Committee for the 2002 meeting in London
London
London is the capital city of :England and the :United Kingdom, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom, and the largest urban zone in the European Union by most measures. Located on the River Thames, London has been a major settlement for two millennia, its history going back to its...

, England
England
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west, with the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separating it from continental...

.
He was then Vice-President of the Mont Pelerin Society from 2000 to 2002, and its President from 2002 to 2004.
He has been Senior Vice-President from 2004, due to leave in 2006.

Professor Liggio has been a trustee with the Competitive Enterprise Institute
Competitive Enterprise Institute
The Competitive Enterprise Institute is a non-profit think tank founded on March 9, 1984 in Washington, D.C. by lobbyist Fred L. Smith, Jr to advance economic liberty and fight over-regulation by big government...

 since 1994 and the Institute for Economic Studies-Europe in Aix, France, since 1999;
from 1988 to 1998, he had been a trustee of the Philadelphia Society  of which he was President from 1992 to 1993, and from 1994 to 1995; he had been also a trustee with the Institute for Humane Studies-Europe in Paris, France, from 1989 to 1999 and of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty from 1990 to 1999.
He also serves on the boards of a number of other libertarian think tanks:
Member of the International Advisory Council, The Social Affairs Unit, Morley House, London, since 1994;
Member, Board of Trustees, Liberty Fund;
Member, Advisory Council, Acton Institute, Rome, Italy;
Member, Advisory Council, Toqueville Institute, Paris, France;
Member, Advisory Council, Hayek Institute, Vienna, Austria;
Member, Scientific Council, Institut Turgot, Paris, France;
Member of the Honorary Board of Trustees, Fundación Burke, Spain;
Member, Editorial Board, Centro Interdisciplinar de Ética e Economia Personalista, Brazil.


As part of the circle of anti-state libertarians led by Murray Rothbard
Murray Rothbard
Murray Newton Rothbard was an American author and economist of the Austrian School who helped define capitalist libertarianism and popularized a form of free-market anarchism he termed "anarcho-capitalism." Rothbard wrote over twenty books and is considered a centrally important figure in the...

 during the 1950s, he played an important role in the development of modern libertarian philosophy in the United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

.

Editorial activities


Leonard Liggio has been a member of the Editorial Board at the Cato Journal
Cato Journal
The Cato Journal is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Washington, D.C.-based, libertarian think-tank, the Cato Institute, and features articles discussing politics and economy.According to the Cato Institute website, the journal is a...

since 1981, of the American Journal of Jurisprudence at Notre Dame Law School
Notre Dame Law School
The Notre Dame Law School, or NDLS, is the professional graduate law program of its parent institution, the University of Notre Dame. Established in 1869, NDLS is the oldest Roman Catholic law school in the United States. NDLS is ranked 22nd among the nation's "Top 100 Law Schools" by U.S. News &...

 since 1995 and of Markets & Morality since 2000.

He was the Editor of Literature of Liberty: A Review of Contemporary Liberal Thought from 1978 to 1982.

In 1965, with Murray Rothbard
Murray Rothbard
Murray Newton Rothbard was an American author and economist of the Austrian School who helped define capitalist libertarianism and popularized a form of free-market anarchism he termed "anarcho-capitalism." Rothbard wrote over twenty books and is considered a centrally important figure in the...

 and George Resch, he created Left and Right: A Journal of Libertarian Thought, a publication which emphasized
"common philosophical bonds uniting the anarchism and isolationism of the Old Right
Old Right (United States)
The Old Right was a conservative faction in the United States that opposed both New Deal domestic programs and U.S. entry into World War II. Many members of this faction were associated with the Republicans of the interwar years led by Robert Taft, but some were Democrats...

, and the instinctive pacifistic
Pacifism
Pacifism is the opposition to war and violence. The term "pacifism" was coined by the French peace campaignerÉmile Arnaud and adopted by other peace activists at the tenth Universal Peace Congress inGlasgow in 1901.- Definition :...

 anarchism
Anarchism
Anarchism is generally defined as the political philosophy which holds the state to be undesirable, unnecessary, and harmful, or alternatively as opposing authority in the conduct of human relations...

 characterizing the New Left
New Left
The New Left was a term used mainly in the United Kingdom and United States in reference to activists, educators, agitators and others in the 1960s and 1970s who sought to implement a broad range of reforms, in contrast to earlier leftist or Marxist movements that had taken a more vanguardist...

in the middle sixties."

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