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Students participating in an Institute for Humane Studies Koch Summer Fellowship got together on July 24, 2007 to discuss successes and challenges faced by libertarian student organizations. In 2008, Alexander McCobin and Sloane Frost decided to organize a conference for 40 students who were involved in libertarian student organizations. As more students contacted the planners to participate, more students joined the planning. The first Students for Liberty conference was held at Columbia University from February 22 to 24, 2008, with 100 students participants. The perceived success of the conference encouraged the planners to form Students For Liberty to provide continuing support to student groups.[11][12]




Each year, SFL hosts the largest gathering of libertarian students in the world[citation needed][19] at the annual International Students For Liberty Conference (ISFLC). The inaugural ISFLC in 2008 brought 100 students from 42 schools in three countries to New York City. The second ISFLC in 2009 brought 153 students from 13 countries to George Washington University.[20] The third ISFLC took place February 13–14, 2010 at American University in Washington, DC and had more than 300 students in attendance. The fourth ISFLC, covered by ReasonTV, returned to George Washington University on Friday, February 18–20, 2011, this time with 500 students participating.[21][22][23]This international conference included a taping of Stossel, which aired March 31, in which John Stossel and Cato Institute Vice President David Boaz spoke to students about the ideas of liberty.[24] The 2012 ISFLC brought out 1,013 students.[citation needed] The following year, the conference attracted 1,406 attendees.[citation needed]
Participants at the first Students For Liberty European conference at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
During the fall semester, SFL hosts regional conferences on campuses across the world.[6][25] On November 18 to 20, 2011, SFL hosted the first European conference at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in LeuvenBelgium with over 200 students from 25 different countries attending.[1][26]In 2013-2014, SFL hosted over 30 regional conferences in North America, Brazil, the Spanish-speaking Americas, and in Africa with over 5,000 student attendees.[citation needed]

Free Books[edit]

SFL, in conjunction with the Atlas Network, publishes a new book each year for libertarian student groups.[27] Previous books include The Economics of Freedom: What Your Professor Won't Tell You, The Morality of Capitalism: What Your Professors Won't Tell You, After the Welfare State, and Why Liberty. SFL's current book publication is Peace, Love, & Liberty and includes essays from writers such as Steven PinkerRadley Balko, and Tom G. Palmer.[28]

Virtual Speakers Bureau[edit]

SFL's Virtual Speakers Bureau allows student groups to choose from over 30 speakers to host at one of their campus meetings through SkypeGoogle Hangouts, or GoToMeeting.[29]Some of the speakers include Andrew BernsteinGreg LukianoffJim LarkJeffrey TuckerLawrence ReedMichael HuemerMichael StrongTom G. Palmer, and Steven Horwitz.

Webinar Series[edit]

SFL hosts seminars that are delivered with web conferencing technology. Held weekly during the academic year since 2009, the topics tend to focus on career advice, economics, history, law, leadership, philosophy, public policy, public speaking, and statistics. Past guest speakers include Jeffrey Miron of Harvard University, Bob Ewing of the Institute for Justice, John Hasnas of Georgetown UniversityLawrence Reed of the Foundation for Economic EducationJim Lark of the University of Virginia, Radley Balko of The Huffington Post, David Friedman of Santa Clara UniversityLGBT activist Zach WahlsTyler CowenBryan CaplanPeter Boettke, and Chris Coyne of George Mason University.

Campus Coordinator Program[edit]

Campus Coordinators work with campus group leaders within a designated regional area to form and support student groups and to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of programs.[9] The 2010–2011 school year saw the inaugural year of the program.[9] Training is provided by the full-time staff as well as executive board members. The 2011–2012 class of coordinators included 60 students from the United States, Canada and Venezuela.[9] The 2013-2014 campus coordinator class included 120 students from across the continent.

Alumni For Liberty[edit]

Alumni For Liberty Logo
Alumni For Liberty is a network of working professionals interested in supporting students and student organizations dedicated to libertarianism.[30] The program is open to all adults interested in supporting the student movement, whether or not they were a member of a liberty oriented student group.[31] The project provides ways to remain involved in supporting the student movement for liberty with monthly updates describing opportunities such as networking events, job openings, training sessions, leadership dinners, options for financial support of alma mater student groups, speaking to student groups, and mentoring of students interested in related careers.[30]

Organizational structure[edit]

SFL is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports student groups advocating libertarianism. SFL is run by over 20 full-time professionals at its headquarters in Washington, DC.[32] Direction of the organization comes from the executive director, the board of directors, and the International Executive Board.
Alexander McCobin serves as executive director. McCobin, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University.[33] In 2009, McCobin was sued by Perspectives Debate Inc., a nonprofit organization he had founded while a student at the University of Pennsylvania, for allegedly breaching his fiduciary duty by misappropriating funds and allegedly withdrawing more than $37,000 from the organization's bank account.[34][35]

North America[edit]

Students For Liberty got its start in North America and has grown tremendously ever since. In the 2013-2014 school year, 2,721 students attended SFL's 18 fall North American regional conferences. 1,275 students attended the 6th annual International Students For Liberty Conference in Washington D.C. on February 14–16, 2014. In the same year, SFL's North American network grew to over 913 student groups with 120 Campus Coordinators.


In 2011, SFL established an executive board to expand their programs into Europe.[36] On November 18–20, 2011 SFL hosted the first European Students for Liberty Conference (ESFLC) at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in LeuvenBelgium.[1] A second conference on the same location was held on March 8–10, 2013. In 2013, a total of 1,234 people attended 10 fall regional conferences across the continent. In March 2014, the third annual ESFLC was held in the German capital Berlin at the Humboldt University of Berlin, which attracted 560 attendees from 28 countries. The 19 regional conferences from September to November 2015 gathered in total 3155 participants.
As of March 2016, European Students for Liberty is governed by an Executive Board of 10 students and recent graduates, chaired by Stoyan Panchev.
In March 2016, European Students For Liberty held its annual conference at Charles University in PragueCzech Republic for over 900 people with the theme "Students We Should Remember." Speakers included Lawrence ReedTom G. PalmerLutz KlevemanAnnie MachonRichard Vedder, and more.
In the United Kingdom, European Students for Liberty is affiliated to Young Britons for Liberty, a classical liberal thinktank in the UK aimed at 18 to 35 year olds. [37]

Spanish Speaking Americas[edit]

In the spring of 2013, SFL launched Estudiantes por la Libertad, the Regional Executive Board for the Spanish-speaking Americas. The first Estudiantes por la Libertad Conference was held in Santiago, Chile from October 25–27 for 100 attendees. As of 2014, the Local Coordinator program included 103 student leaders from around Latin America.


African Students For Liberty (ASFL) ran the first West African Regional Conference on July 26–27, 2013 at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and brought out 352 participants—SFL's largest ever first-time conference. ASFL organized the first East African Regional Conference in Nairobi, Kenya on May 9–10, 2014 and launched a Local Coordinator program the same year. The first African Students For Liberty Conference brought out 1180 students from all over Africa.

South Asia[edit]

South Asia Students For Liberty became an official SFL Regional Executive Board in 2014 with 20 Local Coordinators.


Incorporated[2] as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, SFL continues to seek and accept only private donations[38] from individuals, foundations, and participation fees. During its first year, SFL raised fifty thousand dollars in revenue.[38] The organization's revenue grew, realizing almost a quarter of a million dollars in the second[1] year, then over one-half million dollars in the third[39] year. Expenses ran 65% of revenue in the first[38] year, 75% of revenue in the second[1] year, and 80% of revenue in the third[39] year. In its sixth year, SFL's expenses increased from $1.4 million to $2.6 million and revenue increased from $1.9 million to $2.9 million.[40]


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Naga Sravan Kilaru was a South Asia DFL Executive board Member from 23 April 2014 to 30 June 2015. He is the founder of “Vijayawada Needs U” a youth organisation in Vijayawada Buckinghampet, Andhra Pradesh, India the Mission of which is “To empower youth

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For his efforts, he was awarded the REX Karmaveer Chakra Global Fellowship Award by iCONGO in association with United Nations Volunteers at Gurgaon near New Delhi, India on 27 November 2016.

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