Stephan Kinsella

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Stephan Kinsella
Stephan Kinsella
Norman Stephan Kinsella

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Norman Stephan Kinsella (/kɪnˈsɛlə/; born 1965) is an American intellectual property lawyer, author, and deontological[citation needed] anarcho-capitalist.[1] His legal works have been published by Oceana Publications and are stored on the Westlaw database.


Born in Prairieville, Louisiana, he attended Louisiana State University where he earned Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) degrees in electrical engineering, and a Juris Doctor (JD) from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center (formerly known as LSU Law Center). He also obtained an LL.M. at the University of London.


Kinsella was general counsel of Applied Optoelectronics, Inc., of Sugar Land, Texas from 2000 to 2012 and is currently in private practice in Houston, Texas. He was formerly an adjunct scholar of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, a right-libertarian think-tank for the promotion of Rothbardian political thought and the Austrian School of economics, where he was Book Review Editor for the Journal of Libertarian Studies[2] and a faculty member of the Mises Academy.[3] Kinsella also founded the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom (C4SIF) of which he currently is the Director.[4]


Kinsella's legal publications include books and articles about patent law, contract law, e-commerce law, international law, and other topics.


Kinsella is a strong opponent of intellectual property altogether,[5] arguing that patents and copyrights should not form part of a proper libertarian law code.[6] He is a proponent of Hans-Hermann Hoppe's theory on argumentation ethics.[7] He is an atheist, having previously been a devout Catholic.[8]


  • Protecting Foreign Investment Under International Law: Legal Aspects of Political Risk. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana Publications. 1997. ISBN 978-0-379213-71-3. (with Paul E. Comeaux)
  • Online Contract Formation. Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.: Oceana Publications. 2004. ISBN 978-0-379215-19-9. OCLC 56476041, 744522102. (with Andrew F. Simpson)
  • International Investment, Political Risk, and Dispute Resolution: A Practitioner's Guide. Oceana Publications. 2005. ISBN 978-0-379215-22-9. OCLC 846016193 (with Noah Rubins)
  • Against Intellectual Property. Ludwig von Mises Institute. 2008. ISBN 978-1-933550-32-9.
  • Trademark practice and Forms. New York, N.Y.: Oceana Publications. 2003. ISBN 978-0-379012-69-9. OCLC 772536840, 636178826. (with Teresa C. Tucker, co-editor)



  1. ^ Stephan Kinsella, "What It Means To Be an Anarcho-Capitalist", "", published 2004-01-20, archived 2018-04-15, accessed 2018-08-04
  2. ^ Welcome to Libertarian Papers! by Stephan Kinsella (, 22 January 2009)
  3. ^ Stephan Kinsella
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  5. ^ Kinsella, Stephan (July 28, 2008). "Against Intellectual Property". Mises Institute. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  6. ^ Gordon, David (April 7, 2009). "Patents and Copyrights Should be Repealed". Mises Institute. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  7. ^ "Defending Argumentation Ethics". July 23, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  8. ^ "My Religious and Political Conversions". April 24, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2021.

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