A New Natural Law Reading of the Constitution

78:3 Louisiana Law Review, Forthcoming

Notre Dame Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1769

30 Pages Posted: 30 Nov 2017 Last revised: 22 Feb 2018

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Santiago Legarre

Universidad Catolica Argentina; Notre Dame Law School

Date Written: February 22, 2018


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

Suggested Citation

Legarre, Santiago, A New Natural Law Reading of the Constitution (February 22, 2018). 78:3 Louisiana Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3078768

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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