Stephan Kinsella

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Stephan Kinsella
Stephan Kinsella
Norman Stephan Kinsella

1965 (age 57–58)
EducationLouisiana State University (BS, MS)
Paul M. Hebert Law Center (JD)
University of London (LLM)
Member of the Libertarian Party Judicial Committee[1]
Assumed office
May 29, 2022
WebsiteOfficial Website

Norman Stephan Kinsella (/kɪnˈsɛlə/; born 1965) is an American intellectual property lawyer, author, and deontological[citation needed] anarcho-capitalist.[2] His legal works have been published by Oxford University Press, Oceana Publications, Mises Institute, Quid Pro Books and others.


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[3] and a faculty member of the Mises Academy.[4] Kinsella also founded the Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom (C4SIF) of which he currently is the Director.[5][third-party source needed] In May 2022 he was elected to the Libertarian Party Judicial Committee, but was subsequently disqualified due to being two months short of the 4 year Libertarian Party membership requirement to hold the office. As of August 2022, he is eligible and it's believed that he'll be appointed by the LP Judicial Committee to fill the vacancy caused by his ineligible run in May 2022.[6][non-primary source needed]


Kinsella's legal publications include books and articles about patent law, contract law, e-commerce law, international law, and other topics.[third-party source needed]


Kinsella is a strong opponent of intellectual property,[7] arguing that patents and copyrights should not form part of a proper libertarian law code.[8] He is a proponent of Hans-Hermann Hoppe's theory on argumentation ethics.[9] He is an atheist, having previously been a devout Catholic.[10][third-party source needed]


  • International Investment, Political Risk, and Dispute Resolution: A Practitioner's Guide, Second Edition (Oxford University Press, 2020) (with Noah D. Rubins and Thomas N. Papanastasiou)
  • Louisiana Civil Law Dictionary (Quid Pro Books, 2011) (with Gregory Rome)
  • Law in a Libertarian World: Legal Foundations of a Free Society (Papinian Press, 2021)
  • 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)
  • 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. ^ "LP Committees".
  2. ^ Stephan Kinsella, "What It Means To Be an Anarcho-Capitalist", "", published 2004-01-20, archived 2018-04-15, accessed 2018-08-04
  3. ^ Welcome to Libertarian Papers! by Stephan Kinsella (, 22 January 2009)
  4. ^ "Stephan Kinsella". Archived from the original on 2014-03-24. Retrieved 2014-06-23.
  5. ^ "About the Center". 22 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Judicial Committee Qualifications". LNC-business email group.
  7. ^ Kinsella, Stephan (July 28, 2008). "Against Intellectual Property". Mises Institute. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  8. ^ Gordon, David (April 7, 2009). "Patents and Copyrights Should be Repealed". Mises Institute. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  9. ^ "Defending Argumentation Ethics". July 23, 2016. Retrieved January 6, 2021.
  10. ^ "My Religious and Political Conversions". April 24, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2021.

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