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Signing_of_Constitution_Chandler_Christy_smThe Constitutional Studies Center combines careful, objective scholarship into the original understanding of the Constitution with advocacy for human freedom under law. It produces books, issue papers, articles, and legal briefs reporting the results of its research. Since 2010, the Center has had enormous influence on constitutional law cases and commentary, but also on policy makers and grass roots activists. For example, the Center’s research findings galvanized the massive and growing “Article V” movement to restore constitutional limits on the federal government.

Latest Posts

  • Constitutional Breakdown: How the GOP-Dem Tax and Spend Compromise Throttles the Voters’ Will0

    • December 6, 2010

    The impending taxing and spending compromise between congressional Republicans and Democrats and the Obama administration demonstrates how the federal constitutional system has broken down.  And how the breakdown can sabotage democracy. Under the emerging terms, as reported in the press, the Republicans will receive at least a temporary extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for

  • Was the Constitutional Convention a “Runaway?”0

    • November 26, 2010

    [Rob Natelson is the author of The Original Constitution: What It Really Said and Meant – an objective explanation of the Constitution as understood by the Founders.] There’s an old accusation leveled against the delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention.  The Convention was a very long time ago, so the accusation shouldn’t matter any more. 

  • Airport searches and the Fourth Amendment0

    • November 21, 2010

    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” –

  • Why law professors don’t tell us much about our Constitution0

    • November 14, 2010

    (To learn more about this topic, listen to Justin Longo’s interview with Rob Natelson — “Why Such Biased Scholarship?“) I’ve had some real successes uncovering the “original understanding” behind our Constitution. I did this while working in a small law school with a small library and little research support. Many people have asked me why

  • Does the Constitution’s Commerce Power justify ObamaCare?0

    • November 7, 2010

    (To learn more about this topic, listen to Justin Longo’s interview with Rob Natelson — “Constitutionally, what does the word “commerce” mean?“) ObamaCare has set off a national debate on whether the measure is constitutional under Congress’s “Interstate Commerce Power.”  The Constitution granted Congress the Interstate Commerce Power in two clauses.  The first clause gave

  • Twenty Legal Rules for Conventions for Proposing Amendments0

    • October 31, 2010

    (To learn more about this topic, listen Justin Longo’s interview with Rob Natelson — “What Would an Article V Convention Look Like?“) This is the third in a series of three articles about the Constitution’s OTHER method of constitutional amendment – that is, rather than the amendment coming from Congress, the states force a “convention


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Rob Natelson, Senior Fellow, Constitutional Jurisprudence
Email: rgnatelson@gmail.com
Phone: 303-279-6536, ext 114