Lockean Labor Theory Law and Legal Definition

This theory was propounded by the philosopher John Locke. The Lockean labor theory is the justification of private property that is based on the natural right of one's ownership of one's own labor, and the right to nature's common property to the extent that one's labor can utilize it. Locke's theory is often used to analyze the natural rights of inventors, authors, and artists in their own creations. This theory is also known as Lockeanism.