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Natural Rights

When I joined the Tulane Masters of Jurisprudence in Labor & Employment Law Program I really wasn't sure what to expect but at the very least, I was expecting it to be overwhelming. In fact, the way the courses are structured, it's a very manageable program. I have adored every bit of the reading as it was fascinating. We learned how to research and find case law on many different subjects and reading the cases that shaped the law into what it is today is really a great exercise.


The intellectual property course really had me awe-inspired as we learned about John Locke and the Natural Rights Theory. Locke wrote that all individuals are equal in the sense that they are born with certain "inalienable" natural rights. That is, rights that are God-given and can never be taken or even given away. Among these fundamental natural rights, Locke said, are "life, liberty, and property." This theory is the start of the Intellectual Property Law and for some reason it made me feel very patriotic to know that the law we were learning about today was derived from the time when the Declaration of Independence was written.


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