Richard A. Epstein

Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Biography: 

Richard A. Epstein, the Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University Law School, and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago.

In 2011, Epstein was a recipient of the Bradley Prize for outstanding achievement. In 2005, the College of William & Mary School of Law awarded him the Brigham-Kanner Property Rights Prize.

Epstein researches and writes in a broad range of constitutional, economic, historical, and philosophical subjects. He has taught administrative law, antitrust law, communications law, constitutional law, corporation criminal law, employment discrimination law, environmental law, food and drug law, health law, labor law, Roman law, real estate development and finance, and individual and corporate taxation.

He edited the Journal of Legal Studies (1981–91) and the Journal of Law and Economics (1991–2001).

Epstein’s most recent publication is The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government (2014). Other books include Design for Liberty: Private Property, Public Administration, and the Rule of Law (2011); The Case against the Employee Free Choice Act (Hoover Institution Press, 2009); Supreme Neglect: How to Revive the Constitutional Protection for Private Property (2008); How the Progressives Rewrote the Constitution (2006); Overdose (2006); and Free Markets under Siege: Cartels, Politics, and Social Welfare (Hoover Institution Press, 2005).

He received a BA degree in philosophy summa cum laude from Columbia in 1964; a BA degree in law with first-class honors from Oxford University in 1966; and an LLB degree cum laude, from the Yale Law School in 1968. Upon graduation he joined the faculty at the University of Southern California, where he taught until 1972. In 1972, he visited the University of Chicago and became a regular member of the faculty the following year.

He has been a senior fellow at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics since 1984 and was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1985. He has been a Hoover fellow since 2000.

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, December 5, 2019

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Our Precarious Pipeline Infrastructure."

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, December 5, 2019

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Our Precarious Pipeline Infrastructure."

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The Libertarian: The China Quandary

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Wednesday, December 4, 2019

How much can the U.S. do to protect human rights in China while still advancing our nation interests?

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Our Precarious Pipeline Infrastructure

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, December 2, 2019

Lawmakers must find ways to expedite the strangling permitting process.

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The Shaky Case Of Common-Good Capitalism

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Las Vegas Review Journal
Saturday, November 30, 2019

The basic tenet of laissez-faire capitalism is that government intervention in the economy should be directed to two related purposes. First, to ensure that in competitive markets the legislature and courts enforce voluntary contracts between competent parties in accordance with their terms. 

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The Libertarian: Against ‘Common Good Capitalism’

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Marco Rubio’s misguided attempt to upend American economic policy.

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Stalking Trump’s Tax Returns

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 25, 2019

The documents should be released during his presidency only pursuant to an impeachment proceeding.

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show: Did Pres Obama Have The Constitutional Power To Do DACA? Apparently Not. (Part 1 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, November 22, 2019

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "The DACA Dilemma."

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show: Did Pres Obama Have The Constitutional Power To Do DACA? Apparently Not. (Part 2 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, November 22, 2019

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "The DACA Dilemma."

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The Libertarian: Crime & Punishment & Politics

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Democratic presidential candidates and big city district attorneys move left on criminal justice.

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