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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Portland Goes Over The Brink

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 27, 2020

Targeted federal intervention is needed in cities that have abdicated their policing responsibilities.

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The Libertarian: The Battle For Portland

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, July 23, 2020

Has the White House gone too far in sending federal officers to The City of Roses?

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses a Wall Street Journal article titled "Biden Unveils Child-Care Plan to Help Families Struggling in Pandemic."

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Biden’s ‘Clean Economy’."

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Reasonable Disagreements: Constitutional Conflicts In DC And Beyond

interview with Richard A. Epstein, Adam J. Whitevia Reasonable Disagreements
Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Adam and Richard discuss Supreme Court rulings.

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Biden’s ‘Clean Economy’

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 20, 2020

The Democrat’s series of feel-good proposals will undermine climate safety.

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses Bari Weiss's resignation letter and the cancel culture.

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Fossil Fuel Strangulation By Judicial Decree."

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The Libertarian: Pipelines, The Environment, And The Renewables Delusion

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, July 14, 2020

How judicial action against the Dakota Access pipeline puts American’s energy infrastructure at risk.

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Law Talk With Epstein & Yoo #136: “Stone’s Rules"

interview with Richard A. Epstein, John Yoovia Law Talk With Epstein, Senik & Yoo
Monday, July 13, 2020
A review of the Roger Stone case and a roundup of the biggest Supreme Court decisions for this term.
 

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