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 (2013). 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: The Chevron Case Is The New Green Deal's Greatest Weapon (Part 1)

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

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Administrative Overreach, Enabled By Courts."

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Richard Epstein: The Chevron Case Is The New Green Deal's Greatest Weapon (Part 2)

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

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Administrative Overreach, Enabled By Courts."

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Richard Epstein: Medicare-For-All Is The Same Old Single-Payer Socialism. Part 2

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses Medicare for All.

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Richard Epstein: Medicare-For-All Is The Same Old Single-Payer Utopian Socialism. Part 1

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, February 7, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses Medicare for All.

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Reasonable Disagreements: A Great Attorney General Pick, Barr None

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

President Trump’s nomination of William Barr to be Attorney General.

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The Libertarian: The New Progressive Agenda

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

Examining a raft of left-wing policy proposals from 2020 presidential candidates.

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Free Speech In The Crosshairs."

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Free Speech In The Crosshairs."

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Reasonable Disagreements: The Rule Of Law And Other People’s Money

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Wednesday, February 6, 2019

An unconstitutional wealth grab?

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Richard Epstein: Rent Control Is A Curse Of The Administrative State (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "New York’s Self-Inflicted Housing Crunch."

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