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: Impeachment And Trump’s Ukrainian Transcript

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Do the allegations of President Trump pressuring Ukraine’s government provide legitimate grounds for impeachment?

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Meritocracy Is Not The Problem

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, September 23, 2019

New York City’s public school system needs weaker unions and more excellence. 

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Law Talk With Epstein & Yoo #125: “Greek Fire”

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Hoover Daily Report
Monday, September 23, 2019

The Ukraine controversy, Iran-Saudi Arabia conflict, vaping restrictions, California’s emissions regulations, and more.

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California Knifes The Gig Economy, Richard A. Epstein (Part 1 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, September 21, 2019

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "California Knifes The Gig Economy."

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California Knifes The Gig Economy, Richard A. Epstein (Part 2 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, September 21, 2019

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "California Knifes The Gig Economy."

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The Libertarian: The Beauty Of Roman Law

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Ancient Rome created a body of law more sophisticated than anything the world had ever seen — and it’s still relevant today.

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California Knifes The Gig Economy

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Wrecking the gig economy.

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Richard Epstein: For Fair Employment Outcomes, Trust The Marketplace, Not The Regulators (Part 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "The Ability Of Markets."

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Richard Epstein: For Fair Employment Outcomes, Trust The Marketplace, Not The Regulators (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, September 12, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "The Ability Of Markets."

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The Libertarian: The Electoral College And The Republican Sensibility

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The much-maligned system for picking presidents stems from the Founders’ mistrust of majoritarianism — and is still better than the alternatives

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