Nulla Libertarian Poena Sine NAP: Reexamination of Libertarian Theories of Punishment

Eduardo Blasco 1  and David Marcos 2
  • 1 London School of Economics, , Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, United Kingdom
  • 2 University of Granada Cartuja Campus, , Prof. Clavera Street, Granada 18011, Spain


Libertarianism deals with what the law should be. In this article, we focus on what the appropriate law to punish criminals should be in a libertarian society; that is, one that respects the Non-Aggression Principle and property rights. We examine various theories of punishment and explain why some are incompatible with libertarianism. We contribute to the latest libertarian theory of punishment suggesting the necessity to take time preference into consideration. We conclude stating a limit and a limitation to libertarian punishment theories.

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