Debate: The Soho Forum — All patent and copyright law should be abolished.

  • November 15, 2021
    5:45 pm - 7:30 pm

All patent and copyright law should be abolished.

Stephan Kinsella vs. Richard Epstein

For the affirmative: 

N. Stephan Kinsella (LL.M., King’s College London-University of London; JD, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, LSU; BSEE and MSEE, LSU) is a libertarian writer and patent attorney in Houston. He was previously General Counsel for Applied Optoelectronics, Inc., a partner with Duane Morris (Philadelphia and Houston), and adjunct law professor at South Texas College of Law. His publications include Against Intellectual Property (Mises Institute, 2008), Trademark Practice and Forms (West/Thomson Reuters 2001–2013), International Investment, Political Risk, and Dispute Resolution: A Practitioner’s Guide (Oxford, 2020), and the forthcoming Law in a Libertarian World: Legal Foundations of a Free Society.

For the negative: 

 Richard A. Epstein is the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University Law School, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago. The author of many books and articles, Richard researches and writes in a broad range of constitutional, economic, historical, and philosophical subjects. His most recent book, The Dubious Morality of Modern Administrative Law, was released in March 2020. Richard appears on “The Libertarian,” a weekly podcast sponsored by the Hoover Institution that features a conversation with him on issues of the day. This will mark his fourth appearance as a debater at the Soho Forum.

About the Event:

5:45 PM: Doors Open

6:00 PM: Meeting Convenes

7:30 PM: Reception


21A Clinton Street

New York, NY 10002


*PLEASE NOTE: Per NYC regulation, you will be required to show proof of full vaccination in order to attend.

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