When Friedrich Hayek met Bruno Leoni

I have a long essay up today at the Law and Liberty blog on the thinking and continued relevance of the great Italian classical liberal legal scholar Bruno Leoni. You can find it here.

The title refers to Leoni’s influence on Hayek in terms of Hayek’s embrace of the common law in the period between writing The Constitution of Liberty and the first volume of Law, Legislation, and Liberty. The essay more broadly discusses Leoni’s prescience in recognizing (fity years ago!) that modern ideas about the nature of law contain the seeds of deterioration into the “phone and pen” system that passes for “law” today.

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Eugene Volokh · July 16, 2014