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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The Libertarian: DACA In The Dock

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Will the Supreme Court allow the Trump Administration to undo Obama’s immigration program?

InterviewsHealth Care

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show: Sen. Warren Confused About Medicare For All

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Unconstitutional Medicare-For-All."

InterviewsHealth Care

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show: “The Power To Tax Is The Power To Destroy.”—Dan’l Webster

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Warrencare."

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Unconstitutional Medicare-For-All

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, November 11, 2019

 Elizabeth Warren's plan needs a robust take-down

InterviewsHealth Care

Richard Epstein: Warrencare: Taxman Approaches (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, November 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Warrencare."

InterviewsHealth Care

Richard Epstein: Warrencare: Taxman Approaches (Part 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, November 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Warrencare."

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Judicial Legitimacy And Proposals To Restructure The Supreme Court

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Nice Court You Have Here, Shame If Something Happened To It.

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The Libertarian: Confronting Your Impeacher?

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, November 7, 2019

Does President Trump have a legal right to cross-examine the whistleblower?

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Warrencare

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Heavy taxes for wasteful health expenditures is the road to economic ruin.

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show: Cuomo Bans Pipelines

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, November 2, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "New York’s Pipeline Fiasco."

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