Ilya Somin

Ilya Somin, a law professor at George Mason University, is the author of "Free to Move: Foot Voting, Migration and Political Freedom."
Latest from Ilya Somin

Americans should be able to sponsor refugees who can stay permanently

Canada has a program that the U.S. should adopt (and improve).

July 18, 2022

‘Gun-at-work laws’ violate the property rights of business owners

I support the Second Amendment. But the “right to exclude" is “one of the most treasured” rights associated with property ownership, according to the Supreme Court.

April 25, 2022

The latest ACA challenge was so feeble even conservative justices shot it down

I supported previous challenges to Obamacare. But the court got it right this time.

June 17, 2021

Our airstrikes in Syria may be legal. That doesn’t mean our mission there is.

The Constitution requires congressional approval for military action on this scale.

March 8, 2021

Trump’s First Amendment rights don’t matter for his impeachment trial

The debate misses the point: Government officials can be impeached and removed for speech that is not criminal.

February 8, 2021

How liberals learned to love federalism

The left was skeptical of giving power to the states. Until the Trump era.

July 12, 2019

To build the wall, Trump might make thousands of Americans suffer

The federal government would have to seize parcels of land to build the wall. The owners would likely not be fairly compensated for it.

January 19, 2019

How occupational licensing laws inhibit interstate mobility

In the process, they harm both consumers and workers seeking opportunity.

December 12, 2017

Justice Sotomayor unintentionally highlights the danger of having too many laws

In oral argument last week, Justice Sotomayor pointed out that states have far more laws than they can possibly enforce. That's a dangerous state of affairs.

December 11, 2017

Supreme Court lifts temporary injunctions blocking Trump’s Travel Ban 3.0

The ruling is a win for Trump. But its ultimate significance for the legal battle over the travel ban remains uncertain.

December 4, 2017