WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Arlington, Va.-based Institute for Justice (IJ) was named one of six finalists for this year's prestigious $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award for its Strategic Research Program.
"The creation and growth of IJ's Strategic Research Program is a natural extension of the Institute for Justice's work both in the courts of law and in the court of public opinion," said John Kramer, IJ's vice president for communications. "IJ's strategic research provides Institute attorneys with unimpeachable social science evidence that is often presented in court to bolster the case for individual opportunity and limited government. As a result, IJ's legal advocacy has been strengthened, and the power of the state has been rolled back, giving individuals a better opportunity to live as free and responsible members of society through expanded economic liberty, better protection of property rights, and greater respect for free speech."
Among other issues, IJ fights civil forfeiture, eminent domain abuse, and arbitrary licensing requirements, persuading courts with robust evidence and building legal precedent for individual rights and limited government.
IJ's Strategic Research Program uses rigorous empirical analysis to demonstrate the benefits of freedom and the harm caused by runaway government power. It arms its attorneys to litigate from a position of power both in court and in the media, and the results speak for themselves: though its opponent is nearly always the government, IJ wins more than 70 percent of its cases.
What: Institute for Justice's Strategic Research Program named one of six finalists for Atlas Network's prestigious $100,000 Templeton Freedom Award
When: Nov. 12, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner closing ceremony – Capitale, 130 Bowery, New York, NY 10013 (Bowery and Grand St.)
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Awarded since 2004, the Templeton Freedom Award is named for the late investor and philanthropist Sir John Templeton. The award annually honors his legacy by identifying and recognizing the most exceptional and innovative contributions to the understanding of free enterprise, and the public policies that encourage prosperity, innovation, and human fulfillment via free competition. The award is generously supported by Templeton Religion Trust and will be presented during Atlas Network's Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner gala dinner ceremony Nov. 12, 2015 in New York City. The winning organization will receive a $100,000 prize and the runners-up will receive $5,000.
The 2015 Templeton Freedom Award finalists are:
Acton Institute (Grand Rapids, Mich., United States) — Poverty, Inc.
Center for Dissemination of Economic Knowledge for Freedom (CEDICE Freedom) (Caracas, Venezuela) — Watchdog for Freedom and Democracy Project
Free Market Foundation (FMF) (Johannesburg, South Africa) — Khaya Lam Land Reform Project
Institute for Justice (IJ) (Arlington, Va., United States) — Strategic Research Program
Institute of Public Affairs (Melbourne, Australia) — Repeal the Carbon Tax Campaign
Tax Foundation (Washington, District of Columbia, United States) — State Business Tax Climate Index
About The Institute for Justice
Through strategic litigation, training, communication, activism and research, the Institute for Justice advances a rule of law under which individuals can control their destinies as free and responsible members of society. IJ litigates to secure economic liberty, school choice, private property rights, freedom of speech and other vital individual liberties, and to restore constitutional limits on the power of government. In addition, IJ trains law students, lawyers and activists in the tactics of public interest litigation. Through these activities, IJ challenges the ideology of the welfare state and illustrates and extends the benefits of freedom to those whose full enjoyment of liberty is denied by government.
About Atlas Network
Washington-based Atlas Network is a nonprofit organization that strengthens the worldwide freedom movement by connecting 470 independent partners in 96 countries that share the vision of a free, prosperous, and peaceful world where limited governments defend the rule of law, private property, and free markets.
SOURCE Atlas Network