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 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, May 30, 2020

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "The Obama Presidential Center Nuisance."

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Infrastructure

by Russell Roberts, Lee Ohanian, Michael J. Boskin, Richard A. Epstein, John B. Taylor, John F. Cogan, Daniel Heilvia PolicyEd
Thursday, May 28, 2020

With COVID-19 wreaking havoc on the economy, some in Congress are proposing a large increase in infrastructure spending. Supporters claim that increased spending will boost the economy while ensuring future generations will benefit from improved transportation, power, and communication systems. But will increased federal spending on infrastructure deliver on these promises, or are there reasons to be skeptical?

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The Libertarian: Free Speech And Social Media

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Should social media be regulating politicians? Should politicians be regulating social media?

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The Obama Presidential Center Nuisance

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The project would wreak havoc on key roadways and mangle a historic park.

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, May 22, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article. "Decentralize The COVID-19 Response."

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, May 22, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article. "Decentralize The COVID-19 Response."

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Reasonable Disagreements: Prosecutions And Precautions

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Michael Flynn, Justin Amash, and Clarence Thomas

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Decentralize The COVID-19 Response

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 18, 2020

Mismanagement of the COVID-19 crisis.

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Richard Epstein: Amicus Briefs For The Flynn Criminal Case

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Michael Flynn’s Political Enemies."

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Richard Epstein: The Blundering FBI Constabulary & What Is To Be Done?

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, May 14, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Michael Flynn’s Political Enemies."

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