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 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Sunday, October 18, 2020

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses Defining Ideas article "Scalia Maligned."

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The Libertarian: The Rise of ACB

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, October 15, 2020

On the Supreme Court confirmation process — and what to expect from a Justice Barrett.

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Is There An Antitrust Crisis In Big Tech?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, October 12, 2020

Democrats in the House of Representatives come after the digital economy with an unwise, unfocused report.

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, October 9, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses the need for better teachers and schools.

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The Libertarian: Supreme Court Preview

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Obamacare, religious liberty, and the chaotic 2020 election come before the high court.

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses the South Carolina ruling on extending election day.

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How Affirmative Action Falls Short

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Only skills improvement—starting with better schools—can begin to close racial achievement gaps.

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Doing Justice To The Barrett Nomination."

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Doing Justice To The Barrett Nomination."

An Empty SCOTUS Seat: Epstein & Yoo On Ginsburg, Barrett, The Hearings, And The Future Of The Court

interview with John Yoo, Richard A. Epsteinvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, September 28, 2020

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John Yoo is a professor at the University of California–Berkeley School of Law and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. Richard Epstein is a professor of law at NYU, a professor of law emeritus at the University of Chicago, and a fellow at the Hoover Institution. In this wide-ranging discussion, recorded the day after Amy Coney Barrett accepted President Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the professors discuss Barrett’s qualifications and why it was correct and proper to nominate her now—five weeks before an election.

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