A Brief History: 1983-1999

Freeborn John LilburneJohn Lilburne Research Institute (for constitutional studies) [long version], is dedicated to documenting and publishing the facts relating to the life of "Freeborn John Lilburne", not merely as a historical figure who died shortly before the restoration of the British monarchy in 1660, because his ideas and ideals did not die with him. John Lilburne was the original, 'modern-day' champion of freeborn rights that are today considered to be universal human rights.

Thomas JeffersonThe John Lilburne Research Institute links the acts of John Lilburne as an unlicensed publisher and promoter of individual freeborn rights, to his shared genealogical family ties to U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, and, more importantly today, to both the writings and legal Opinions of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo L. Black.

From 1947 onwards, Hugo Black both incorporated and revealed the existing legal concepts of John Lilburne as a part of U.S. Constitutional Law. Hugo BlackConsequently many of the stated American values that human beings admire today, are in fact due to the sacrificial life of Freeborn John Lilburne. Unfortunately those values are often ignored by politicians, while John Lilburne does not receive the praise and admiration to which he is rightfully due as a founding member of civilized society on Planet Earth.

Origin of name


John Lilburne Research Institute [short version], began as a subsidiary offshoot of the Four Freedoms Federation, which was the umbrella name used between 1983 through 1990, by a non-profit association of several groups interested in law, education and media which were all clustered around the theme of the Four Freedoms. It was incorporated at various times in the states of Texas and Delaware in the United States, and a commercial unit was also registered as two companies in the United Kingdom. Its work was international in scope, which included activities in New Zealand.

The Four Freedoms Federation derived its name from the theme of the State of the Union address delivered to the 77th Congress of the United States on January 6, 1941 by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. This same theme was next incorporated into the Atlantic Charter agreement between the United States of America and United Kingdom and when the United Nations Fighting Forces were transformed into the United Nations Organization, it became the backbone of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Four Freedoms as outlined by President Roosevelt are: freedom of speech and expression; freedom of choice in personal worship; economic national understandings creating freedom from want, and worldwide arms reductions resulting in freedom from fear, with all four of these freedoms becoming applicable to every nation, everywhere in the world.