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 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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The Uneasy Case For Universal Vaccinations

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Serious medical and legal issues surround the push for mandatory COVID shots.

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The Many Faces Of Stigler’s Theory Of Economic Regulation: Interest Group Politics Still Thrives—But Industry Often Comes Second

by Richard A. Epsteinvia ProMarket
Thursday, July 22, 2021

Stigler treats industry groups as the heavyweights in regulatory contests. But surprisingly often groups of farmers and workers knock them for a loop in political combat.

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Clueless On Competition

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Biden’s inconsistent executive order should remove barriers to entry, not overturn standard antitrust principles.

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, July 19, 2021

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Trump V. Big Tech." Part 2 of the interview is available here.

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The Libertarian Podcast: Was Big Tech’s Censorship Of Trump Unconstitutional?

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, July 15, 2021

When does a private company become subject to the First Amendment?

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses the Supreme Court. Part 2 of the interview is available here.

Getting It Right

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The push for open borders ignores the hard questions. How to ask—and answer—them.

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Trump V. Big Tech

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 12, 2021

Does the First Amendment insulate all claims against private parties?

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Richard Epstein: SCOTUS Secures The Takings Clause, 6-3 (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, July 8, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "A Bombshell Decision On Property Takings."

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