Crossing Borders, Breaking Borders: New Ideas about Migration, Secession, and Political Freedom


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  • Division: The Henry G. Manne Program on the Law and Economics

For all the expansion of freedom in modern times, most countries’ borders have remained fixed and rigid. And although capital and goods flow relatively freely, human beings’ ability to move between countries or change their citizenship is severely limited. Two new books critically examine these limits, and propose changes. Ilya Somin’s book Free to Move argues for wide-ranging expansion of people’s ability to “vote with their feet” both domestically and across international boundaries. Timothy Waters’ book Boxing Pandora argues for a radical rethink of the conventional opposition to secession: Is secession dangerous and destabilizing, or a pathway to stability and greater justice for divided societies? Professor Sanford Levinson, W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair and Professor of Government at The University of Texas at Austin School of Law, will commented on both books.

This co-sponsored webinar with Indiana University Bloomington’s Maurer School of Law featured:

Ilya Somin, Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University

Timothy Waters, Professor of Law and Val Nolan Faculty Fellow, The Indiana University Maurer School of Law and Associate Director, Center for Constitutional Democracy

Sandy Levinson, W. St. John Garwood, Jr. Centennial Chair and Professor of Government, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law

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