Self Defense: Our Most Basic Right or a Danger to Public Safety? The Anglo-American Divide

An Alpheus T. Mason Lecture on Constitutional Law and Political Thought: The Quest for Freedom

September 28, 2012
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Joyce Lee MalcolmProfessor of Law, George Mason University School of Law; Author of To Keep and Bear Arms: The Origins of an Anglo-American Right (Harvard University Press); Guns and Violence: The English Experience (Harvard University Press); and Peter's War: A New England Slave Boy and the American Revolution (Yale University Press)

Self-defense has traditionally been considered the first law of nature. Yet the shared Anglo-American respect for self-reliance diverged in the last century with dramatic results for both nations.

Joyce Lee Malcolm is Professor of Law at George Mason University School of Law.  She is an historian and constitutional scholar active in the area of constitutional and legal history, focusing on the development of individual rights in Great Britain and America. Her work was cited several times in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court opinion in District of Columbia v. Heller.  Professor Malcolm has previously taught at Princeton University, Bentley University, Boston University and Northeastern University.  She is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and was also a Senior Advisor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Security Studies Program, a Visiting Scholar at Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies, and is a Bye Fellow at Robinson College, Cambridge University. She has written many books and articles on gun control, the Second Amendment, and individual rights.  She is author of To Keep and Bear Arms: The Origins of an Anglo-American Right (Harvard University Press); Guns and Violence: The English Experience (Harvard University Press); and Peter's War: A New England Slave Boy and the American Revolution (Yale University Press).  Her essays have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, USA Today, The Boston Globe and other newspapers.  She earned her B.A. from Barnard College, and her Ph.D. and M.A. from Brandeis University.

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Self Defense: Our Most Basic Right or a Danger to Public Safety? The Anglo-American Divide

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