Robert G. Natelson

Independence Institute

Senior Fellow in Constitutional Jurisprudence

727 E. 16th Ave.

Denver, CO 80203

United States

http://https://i2i.org/constitution/

SCHOLARLY PAPERS

45

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Scholarly Papers (45)

1.

The Original Understanding of the Indian Commerce Clause

Denver University Law Review, Vol. 85, No. 201, 2007
Number of pages: 66 Posted: 15 Feb 2008
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 523 (100,936)

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Constitutional Law, Indian Law, Native Americans, Indians, American Indians, Original Meaning, Original Understanding, Original Intent, Constitutional History, Commerce Clause, Commerce Power, Indian Reservations

2.

The Constitution, Invasion, Immigration, and the War Powers of States

Br. J. Am. Leg. Studies 13(1) (2024)
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 09 Nov 2023 Last Revised: 29 Feb 2024
Robert G. Natelson and Andrew Hyman
Independence Institute and The Institute for Intermediate Study
Downloads 471 (114,441)

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Constitution,Constitutional law,Immigration,Invasion,Allegiance,Aliens,State Power,State War Powers,Articles of Confederation

3.

Founding-Era Conventions and the Meaning of the Constitution’s 'Convention for Proposing Amendments'

Florida Law Review, Vol. 65, 2013
Number of pages: 76 Posted: 23 Apr 2012 Last Revised: 10 Apr 2013
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 469 (115,046)
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constitution, constitutional law, constitutional amendments, Article V, convention, constitutional convention, amendments convention, Article V convention, constitutional amendments

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The Original Meaning of ‘Emoluments’ in the Constitution

Georgia Law Review, Vol. 52, No. 1, 2017
Number of pages: 55 Posted: 06 Feb 2017 Last Revised: 25 Mar 2018
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
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Constitution, Emoluments Clause, Original Meaning, Original Understanding, Original Intent

5.

What the Constitution Means by 'Duties, Imposts, and Excises' — And 'Taxes' (Direct or Otherwise)

Case Western Reserve Law Review, Vol. 66, No. 297, 2015
Number of pages: 55 Posted: 04 Mar 2015 Last Revised: 09 Jan 2017
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 376 (148,474)
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constitutional law, Taxation Clause, original intent, original understanding, original meaning, excise, tonnage, duty, tax, Obamacare, ACA, PPACA, NFIB v. Sebelius, direct tax, indirect tax

6.

The Fiduciary Foundations of Federal Equal Protection

Boston Univ. School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 13-32
Number of pages: 48 Posted: 28 Jul 2013
Gary Lawson, Guy I. Seidman and Robert G. Natelson
Boston University School of Law, Reichman University - Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah - Harry Radziner School of Law and Independence Institute
Downloads 351 (160,202)
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Constitutional law, equal protection, fiduciary

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Founding-Era Socialism: The Original Meaning of the Constitution's Postal Clause

British Journal of American Legal Studies, Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 2018
Number of pages: 74 Posted: 15 Feb 2017 Last Revised: 16 Jun 2018
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 327 (172,864)

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Constitution, Post Office Clause, Postal Clause, post roads, Original Meaning, Original Understanding, Original Intent

8.

A Republic, Not a Democracy? Initiative, Referendum, and the Constitution's Guarantee Clause

Texas Law Review, Vol. 80, p. 807, 2002
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 04 Jan 2012
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 321 (176,307)

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constitution, democracy, republic, initiative and referendum, guarantee clause, republican form, founders, Madison, Greek, Rome, classics

9.

The Founders' Hermeneutic: The Real Original Understanding of Original Intent

Ohio State Law Journal, Vol. 68, No. 5, 2007
Number of pages: 67 Posted: 31 Jan 2008
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 320 (176,847)

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constitution, interpretation, constitutional law, constitutional history, original meaning, original intent, original understanding, founders

10.

The Origins and Meaning of 'Vacancies that May Happen During the Recess' in the Constitution's Recess Appointments Clause

Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 37, Page 199, 2014
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 01 May 2013 Last Revised: 24 Feb 2017
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 319 (177,438)

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recess appointments, recess appointments clause, Constitution, presidential appointments, original meaning, original understanding, original intent, originalism

11.

The Constitution and the Public Trust

Buffalo Law Review Vol. 52, No. 1077, p. 1082, 2004
Number of pages: 102 Posted: 04 Jan 2012
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 300 (189,352)
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Constitution, public trust, fiduciary, founding, founders, political theory

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Federalism & Separation of Powers - 'Health Laws of Every Description': John Marshall’s Ruling on a Federal Health Care Law

Engage, Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 49-54, June 2011, University of Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-03
Number of pages: 6 Posted: 01 Feb 2011 Last Revised: 26 Apr 2012
Robert G. Natelson and David B. Kopel
Independence Institute and University of Wyoming College of Law - Firearms Research Center
Downloads 291 (195,422)

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John Marshall, Affordable Care Act, Gibbons v. Ogden, Health Care

13.

Does 'The Freedom of the Press' Include a Right to Anonymity? The Original Understanding

Number of pages: 47 Posted: 30 Sep 2013 Last Revised: 13 Oct 2013
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 266 (214,118)

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constitution, constitutional law, citizens united, anonymous, anonymity, First Amendment, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, press freedom, original understanding, original intent, original meaning, original public meaning, disclosure, political advertising, campaign finance, campaign spending

14.

The Original Meaning of the Constitution's 'Executive Vesting Clause' - Evidence from Eighteenth-Century Drafting Practice

Whittier Law Review, Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 1-46, 2009
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 07 Feb 2010
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 240 (236,970)
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Constitution, Constitutional Law, Original Intent, Original Understanding, Original Meaning, Executive Vesting Clause, President, Powers of The President, Presidential Powers

15.

Proposing Constitutional Amendments by Convention: Rules Governing the Process

Tennessee Law Review, Vol. 78, p. 693, 2011
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 04 Aug 2011 Last Revised: 04 Jan 2012
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 235 (241,885)

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constitution, constitutional law, amendments, constitutional amendments, constitutional convention, original understanding, original meaning, original intent, convention for proposing amendments, Founding Era, Founders, Article V

16.

The Agency Law Origins of the Necessary and Proper Clause

Case Western Reserve Law Review, Vol. 55, p. 243, 2004
Number of pages: 80 Posted: 04 Jan 2012
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 211 (267,777)

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constitution, necessary and proper, incidental powers, elastic clause, sweeping clause, federal power, states rights

17.

The General Welfare Clause and the Public Trust: An Essay in Original Understanding

Kansas Law Review, Vol. 52, p. 1, 2003
Number of pages: 56 Posted: 04 Jan 2012
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
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The Founders Interpret the Constitution: The Division of Federal and State Powers

19 Federalist Soc. Rev. 60
Number of pages: 7 Posted: 24 Jun 2018
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 173 (320,028)

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federalism, constitutional law, originalism, original meaning, original public meaning, original intent, original understanding, states rights

19.

Health Insurance is Not ‘Commerce’

National Law Journal, March 28, 2011
Number of pages: 2 Posted: 04 Jan 2012
Robert G. Natelson and David B. Kopel
Independence Institute and University of Wyoming College of Law - Firearms Research Center
Downloads 157 (347,725)

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Constitution, Commerce Clause, Commerce Power, Obamacare, health insurance, original understanding, original intent, original meaning, Supreme Court

20.

Federal Land Retention and the Constitution's Property Clause: The Original Understanding

University of Colorado Law Review, Vol. 76, No. 2, p. 327, 2005
Number of pages: 52 Posted: 04 Jan 2012
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 157 (347,725)
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constitution, federal land, environment, property clause, enclave clause, original understanding, original meaning, original intent

21.

The Constitutional Contributions of John Dickinson

Penn State Law Review, Vol. 108, p. 415, 2003
Number of pages: 64 Posted: 04 Jan 2012
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
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constitution, founders, John Dickinson, Dickinson, original understanding, original intent, original meaning, constitutional convention, federal convention, 1787, convention delegates

22.

The Legal Meaning of "Commerce" in the Commerce Clause

St. John's Law Review, Vol. 80, No. 3, 2006
Number of pages: 60 Posted: 31 Jan 2008
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 133 (397,174)

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constitutional law, constitution, commerce clause, original intent, original meaning, original understanding, congress, constitutional history

23.

The Government as Fiduciary: A Practical Demonstration from the Reign of Trajan

University of Richmond Law Review, Vol. 35, No. 191, 2001
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 27 Mar 2012 Last Revised: 28 Mar 2012
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 132 (399,470)
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fiduciary, public trust, trust, official duties, Roman law, imperial law, Trajan, legal history

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Impeachment: The Constitution's Fiduciary Meaning of 'High . . . Misdemeanors'

19 Federalist Soc'y Rev. 68 (2018)
Number of pages: 5 Posted: 31 Dec 2019
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 123 (421,378)

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impeachment, constitutional law, high misdemeanors, public trust, fiduciary government

25.

Is the Constitution’s Convention for Proposing Amendments a 'Mystery'? Overlooked Evidence in the Narrative of Uncertainty

Marquette Law Review, Vol. 104, 2020
Number of pages: 58 Posted: 27 Jan 2020 Last Revised: 13 Jul 2020
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 105 (473,748)

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constitutional law, constitutional convention, amendments convention, amendments

26.

Commerce in the Commerce Clause: A Response to Jack Balkin

Michigan Law Review First Impressions, Vol. 109, No. 55, 2010, U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10-25
Number of pages: 8 Posted: 07 Nov 2010 Last Revised: 15 Apr 2014
David B. Kopel and Robert G. Natelson
University of Wyoming College of Law - Firearms Research Center and Independence Institute
Downloads 101 (486,710)

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The Enumerated Powers of States

Nevada Law Review, Vol. 3, p. 469, 2003
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 04 Jan 2012
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 94 (510,283)

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constitution, states rights, tenth amendment, reserved powers, original intent, original meaning, original understanding

28.

The Original Scope of the Congressional Power to Regulate Elections

University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2010
Number of pages: 46 Posted: 31 Jan 2011 Last Revised: 04 Jan 2012
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
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constitution, constitutional law, election law, elections, campaign finance, campaign regulation, original intent, original understanding, original meaning, founders

29.

State Initiation of Constitutional Amendments: A Guide for Lawyers and Legislative Drafters

Number of pages: 337 Posted: 07 Apr 2014
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 88 (531,897)

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constitutional law, constitutional amendments, constitutional history, amendments convention, constitutional convention, convention for proposing amendments, Article V, convention of states, application for convention

30.

The Power to Restrict Immigration and the Original Meaning of the Constitution’s Define and Punish Clause

Number of pages: 28 Posted: 26 Sep 2022 Last Revised: 03 Oct 2022
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 87 (535,516)
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Define and Punish Clause, Constitution, Original Meaning, immigration, inherent sovereign authority, Commerce Clause, Foreign Commerce Clause

31.

Tempering the Commerce Power

Montana Law Review, Vol. 68, p. 97
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 31 Jan 2008
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 84 (547,202)

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The State-Application-and-Convention Method of Amending the Constitution: The Founding-Era Vision

Thomas M. Cooley Law Review, Vol. 29, No. 1, p. 9, 2011
Number of pages: 15 Posted: 04 Jan 2012
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 77 (576,030)

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Constitution, convention, amend, amendment, Article V, constitutional convention

33.

The Colorado Taxpayer's Bill of Rights

The Independence Institute, IP-3-2016
Number of pages: 78 Posted: 12 Jan 2017
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 75 (584,806)

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TELs, state constitutional law, tax and expenditure limitations, taxpayer's bill of rights, Colorado Constitution

34.

The Founders’ Origination Clause (and Implications for the Affordable Care Act)

Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, Vol. 38, No. 639, 2015
Number of pages: 81 Posted: 03 May 2014 Last Revised: 31 Dec 2019
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
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Constitution, Origination Clause, original meaning, original understanding, original intent, Senate amendment, Affordable Care Act, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ACA, PPACA, Obamacare, bill for raising revenue

35.

Constitutional Coup? The Case that Promulgated a New Constitution for Montana

Number of pages: 97 Posted: 12 Nov 2018 Last Revised: 31 Dec 2018
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
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Montana Constitution, Montana Supreme Court, rule of law, judicial activism, state constitutional law

36.

Federal Functions: Execution of Powers the Constitution Grants to Persons and Entities Outside the U.S. Government

University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Vol. 23, No. 1, 2020
Number of pages: 20 Posted: 04 May 2020 Last Revised: 04 Jun 2020
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
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federal functions, constitutional amendment, Elections Clause, Enclave Clause, Article V

37.

The Constitution and the False Doctrine of Inherent Sovereign Authority

Number of pages: 27 Posted: 02 Nov 2023
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 58 (668,190)
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inherent sovereign authority, constitutional law, federal power, enumerated powers, original meaning, original intent, original understanding, ratification of the Constitution

38.

Judicial Review of Special Interest Spending: The General Welfare Clause and the Fiduciary Law of the Founders

Texas Review of Law and Politics, Vol. 11, No. 2, p. 239, 2007
Number of pages: 44 Posted: 04 Jan 2012
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
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constitution, federal spending, federal expenditures, porkbarrel spending, General Welfare Clause, fiduciary law, 18th century law, original understanding, original intent, original meaning, federal deficit

39.

Why Nineteenth Century Bans on 'Sectarian' Aid are Facially Unconstitutional: New Evidence on Plain Meaning

19 Federalist Soc. Rev. 98
Number of pages: 9 Posted: 24 Jun 2018
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
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Blaine Amendments, Blaine Provisions, Constitutional Law, Freedom of Religion, First Amendment, School Choice, Free Exercise of Religion, Sectarian

40.

A Reminder: The Constitutional Values of Sympathy and Independence

Kentucky Law Journal, Vol. 91, p. 353, 2003
Number of pages: 72 Posted: 04 Jan 2012
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
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constitution, political theory, constitutional interpretation, federalism, states' rights, voter qualifications, property qualifications

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Counting to Two Thirds: How Close are We to a Convention for Proposing Amendments to the Constitution?

The Federalist Society Review, 19 Federalist Soc. Rev. 50 (2018)
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 31 Dec 2019
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
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convention for proposing amendments, amendments convention, constitutional convention, balanced budget amendment, Article V

42.

The Original Understanding of the Indian Commerce Clause: An Update

published: 23 Fed. Soc. Rev. 209 (2022)
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 07 Oct 2022
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
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The Original Meaning of the Privileges and Immunities Clause

Georgia Law Review, Vol. 43, p. 1117, 2009
Posted: 08 Aug 2009
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute

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Constitution, privileges and immunities, privileges, immunities, comity, legal history, constitutional history

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Paper Money and the Original Understanding of the Coinage Clause

Posted: 08 Sep 2008
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute

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Constitutional Law, money, paper money, original understanding, original meaning, original intent, coinage, coins, constitutional history

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The Original Meaning of the Establishment Clause

William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, Vol. 14, 2005
Posted: 30 Dec 2005
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute

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establishment of religion, first amendment, separation of church and state, ten commandments, religion, constitutional law, freedom of religion, supreme court, Newdow, Mccreary, Van Orden

Other Papers (1)

Total Downloads: 184
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Why the Constitution's 'Convention for Proposing Amendments' Is a Convention of the States

Marquette Law Review, Vol. 104, No. 1, 2020
Number of pages: 59 Posted: 08 May 2017 Last Revised: 04 Jun 2020
Robert G. Natelson
Independence Institute
Downloads 184 (219,748)

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constitutional law, constitution, Article V, Article 5, constitutional amendment, constitutional convention, amendments convention, convention for proposing amendments, convention of states, convention of the states