Speakers RSU13

Dr. Tom Palmer 

Tom Palmer is vice president for International Programs at the Atlas Economic Research Foundation, General Director of the Atlas Global Initiative for Free Trade, Peace and Prosperity, a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, and Director of Cato University. In addition to this, his book 'Realizing Freedom: Libertarian Theory, History, and Practice' covers a whole range of different topics from a classical liberal/libertarian perspective. He has a phd from Oxford University in political theory.

Mr. Lawrence Reed

Lawrence Reed is president of the Foundation for Economic Education, United States of America's longest existing pro liberty think tank. Before that, he resided over the Mackinac center for public policy, which became the biggest pro liberty state centered think tank. He has travelled the world trying to create a freer world. Amongst other things, he was arrested in 1986 whilst travelling with the Polish anti-communist movement. He is the author of several books, amongst which 'Strike the Root: Essays on Liberty' and 'Private Cures for Public Ills: The Promise of Privatization'. He is visting senior fellow for the Heritage Foundation and was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Administration from Central Michigan University and an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Northwoord University. Reed is also the recipient of the Grove City College Distinguished Alumni Award. 

Prof. Dr. Stephen Davies

Stephen Davies is Education Director of the IEA. Previously he was program officer at the Institute for Human Studies (IHS) at George Mason University in Virginia. He joined IHS from the UK where was Senior Lecturer in the Department of History and Economic History at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the Social Philosophy and Policy Center at Bowling Green State University, Ohio. He gained his PHD from St Andrews University in Schotland in 1984. He has authored several books, including Empiricism and History and was co-editor with Nigel Ashford of The Dictionary of Conservative and Libertarian Thought. 

Dr. Adam Martin

Adam Martin is a Lecturer in Political Economy. His research interestes include Austrian economics, economic methodology, economic development, and public choice. After receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in 2009, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the Development Research Institute at New York University. He has also been a visitor at the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke and the Social Ontology Group at Cambridge. Adam is a co-founder of the Carl Menger Undergraduate Essay Contest, run by the Society for the Development of Austrian Economics.

Dr. Tim Evans

Tim Evans works with the Cobden centre, he is the Chairman of the Economic Policy Centre, Chairman of Global Health Futures Ltd, a Consultant Director and a Senior Fellow with the Adam Smith Institute. In 1993, he was awarded his PhD from the London School of Economics and in 2011 gained an MBA. A political sociologist specialising in economics, he has taught at a number of academic institutions over the years, including teaching post-graduate students Social Policy at London's Guildhall University and the Economics and Politics of the Future on the Strategic Command Course of Britain's national Police Staff College at Bramshill. In 2007 he was made a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.

Prof. Dr. Frank van Dun

Frank Van Dun has a degree in Law as well as Philosophy from the University of Ghent. He was professor in Philosophy of Law at the University of Maastricht from 1986 until 2005. He wrote, amongst others, 'Het fundamenteel rechtsbeginsel' ('The Fundamental Principle of Law'), 'De utopische verleiding' ('The Utopian Temptation') and 'Mens, Burger, Fiscus' ('Man, Citizen, Taxman'). He is considered by many to be the most important contemporary libertarian philosopher in at least the Low Countries.

Prof. Dr. Boudewijn Bouckaert

Boudewijn Bouckaert founded with several other academics the Ludwig von Mises Institute Europe, that published (amongst other things) several publications on the problems in the current pension system. In 1992, he founded the classical-liberal think tank Nova Civitas. In 2006, he was also responsible for the founding of the think tank Cassandra. 

Academic wise, professor Bouckaert developed the Law & Economics program at the faculty of Law at the university of Ghent. Out of this, the Erasmus Mundus project grew, which is a European master in Law & Economics.

He has been the dean of the law faculty, a member of the board of the university, gave guest lecturers at other universities, amongst which Harvard, but als the Institute for Humane Studies and he is the publisher of the Encyclopedia of Law and Economics. 


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