Law and Liberty

14 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2023 Last revised: 28 Feb 2024

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F. E. Guerra-Pujol

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico; University of Central Florida

Date Written: January 12, 2023


What is the relation between law and liberty? It is often said that liberty requires the rule of law (cf. the oft-cited concept of “ordered liberty”), but at the same time, all laws, by definition, constrain liberty. This paper surveys this paradox from three broad political perspectives—conservative, progressive, and libertarian.

Keywords: law, liberalism, ordered-liberty, paradox, reciprocal harms, Ronald Coase

JEL Classification: A12, K49

Suggested Citation

Guerra-Pujol, F. E., Law and Liberty (January 12, 2023). Available at SSRN: or

F. E. Guerra-Pujol (Contact Author)

Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico ( email )

University of Central Florida ( email )

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