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A New Natural Law Reading of the Constitution

78:3 Louisiana Law Review (2018), Forthcoming

36 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2017  

Santiago Legarre

Universidad Catolica Argentina; Notre Dame Law School

Date Written: November 28, 2017


This article first explains what natural law is not; secondly, it explains what is natural law; finally, and hopefully more originally, the article explores two different ways in which natural law is relevant in constitutional interpretation (and indeed in the interpretation of any positive law). In so doing it criticizes originalist theories of interpretation insofar as they make of historical inquiry not the starting but the final point of the interpretative venture.

Keywords: Natural Law, Interpretation, Constitution, Originalism

JEL Classification: K10, K30

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Legarre, Santiago, A New Natural Law Reading of the Constitution (November 28, 2017). 78:3 Louisiana Law Review (2018), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

Santiago Legarre (Contact Author)

Universidad Catolica Argentina ( email )


Notre Dame Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 780
Notre Dame, IN 46556-0780
United States

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