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 Podcast: Interpreting The IPCC’s New Report On Climate Change

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Friday, August 20, 2021

What happens if we don’t heed the warnings in the new IPCC report on climate change?

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Global Warming: How Not To Respond

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Think first of marginal adjustments before resorting to massive changes.

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The Libertarian Podcast: Loan Forgiveness, Eviction Moratoriums, and Recall Unconstitutionality — Oh My

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, August 12, 2021

How far can President Biden go with student loan and eviction deferrals, and is California’s recall election a violation of democratic principles?

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Law Talk: Impeachable Offenses

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoo, Troy Senikvia Law Talk With Epstein, Senik & Yoo
Monday, August 9, 2021

A roundup of the summer’s biggest legal controversies, from the Supreme Court to the White House.

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Human Tragedy On The Texas Border

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, August 9, 2021

Weak, uninformed Biden administration policies fuel an immigration crisis—and a jurisdictional puzzle demands to be solved.

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“Infrastructure” Distortions

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, August 4, 2021

The compromise legislation, though pared down, still inflates public spending to no reasonable end.

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The Libertarian Podcast: How Ronald Reagan Dealt With Unions

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

40 years ago, Ronald Reagan replaced 11,000 air traffic controllers when they went on strike. Will we ever see anything like it again?

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, August 3, 2021

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Promarket article "The Many Faces of Stigler’s Theory of Economic Regulation: Interest Group Politics Still Thrives—But Industry Often Comes Second." Part 2 of the interview is available here.

 

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The Libertarian Podcast: The Case That Could Overturn Roe v. Wade

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, July 29, 2021

How likely is it that the Supreme Court will overturn the long-standing, but controversial case? 

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Clueless On Competition." Part 2 of the interview is available here.

 

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