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Natural Rights and the Ninth Amendment: How Does Lockean Legal Theory Assist in Interpretation?


Michael W. McConnell


Stanford Law School

September 10, 2010

New York University Journal of Law & Liberty, Vol. 5, 2010
Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 1675223

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Some of the most contested questions for modern constitutional law stem from the decision of the First Congress to enumerate some – but necessarily not all – fundamental rights as part of our basic legal framework. Lockean social compact theory can help us to understand these provisions of the Constitution, and especially the Ninth and Tenth Amendments.

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Keywords: Locke, Lockean, Ninth Amendment, Tenth Amendment, Natural Rights, Natural Law, Equitable Interpretation, Federalist and Anti-Federalists, Social Compact Theory

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Date posted: September 11, 2010 ; Last revised: September 17, 2010

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McConnell, Michael W., Natural Rights and the Ninth Amendment: How Does Lockean Legal Theory Assist in Interpretation? (September 10, 2010). New York University Journal of Law & Liberty, Vol. 5, 2010; Stanford Public Law Working Paper No. 1675223. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1675223 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1675223

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