(former) Professor Robert G. Natelson

Rob Natelson is one of America’s best-known constitutional scholars.  He was formerly a tenured law professor and the top publisher on the University of Montana law faculty, where he taught, among other subjects, Constitutional Law, Constitutional History, Advanced Constitutional Law, and First Amendment.

Some Writings
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Not in any particular order

A Reminder:  The Constitutional Values of Sympathy and Independence

Paper Money and the Original Understanding of the Coinage Clause

The Legal Meaning of "Commerce" in the Commerce Clause

Consent, Coercion and "Reasonableness" in Private Law:
    The Special Case of the Property Owners Association

The Enumerated Powers of States

The Founders' Hermeneutic:
    The Real Original Understanding of Original Intent

The General Welfare Clause and the Public Trust:
    An Essay in Original Understanding

The Original Understanding of the Indian Commerce Clause

The Constitutional Contributions of John Dickenson

Judicial Review of Special Interest Spending:
    The General Welfare Clause and the Fiduciary Law of the Founders

Federal Land Retention and the Constitution's Property Clause:
    The Original Understanding

The Agency Law Origins of the Necessary and Proper Clause

The Original Meaning of the Establishment Clause

The Original Meaning of the Privileges and Immunities Clause

A Republic, Not a Democracy?
    Initiative, Referendum and the Constitution's Guarantee Clause

Comments on the Historiography of Condominium:
    The Myth of Roman Origin

Statutory Retroactivity:  The Founders' View

Tempering the Commerce Power

The Constitution and Public Trust

The Government as Fiduciary:
    A Practical Demonstration from the Reign of Trajan

The Original Meaning of the Constitution's "Executive Vesting Clause"
    Evidence from Eighteenth Century Drafting Practice