Tim Lynch

Tim Lynch

Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute

Topics: Criminal Law & Procedure • Civil Rights • Free Speech & Election Law • International & National Security Law

Tim Lynch is the director of Cato’s project on criminal justice and under his direction it has become a leading voice in support of the Bill of Rights and civil liberties. His research interests include the War on Terror, overcriminalization, the drug war, the militarization of police tactics, and gun control. In 2000, he served on the National Committee to Prevent Wrongful Executions. Lynch has also filed several amicus briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court in cases involving constitutional rights. He is the editor of In the Name of Justice: Leading Experts Reexamine the Classic Article “The Aims of the Criminal Law” and After Prohibition: An Adult Approach to Drug Policies in the 21st Century.

Since joining Cato in 1991, Lynch has published articles in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles TimesABA Journal, and the National Law Journal. He has appeared on The NewsHour with Jim LehrerNBC Nightly NewsABC World News Tonight, Fox’s The O’Reilly Factor, and C-SPAN’s Washington Journal. Lynch is a member of the Wisconsin, District of Columbia, and Supreme Court bars. He earned both a BS and a JD from Marquette University.

Tim Lynch also blogs extensively at the Cato Institute’s National Police Misconduct Reporting Project.



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