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: What About Reparations To Japanese-Americans? What About Reparations To Holocaust Survivors?

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, July 9, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Black Reparations Parsed."

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Richard Epstein: The Case For Reparations To Descendants Of American Slave Families, 1619-1865

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, July 9, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Black Reparations Parsed."

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The Libertarian: The Case Against Reparations

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Why they’re unworkable as both a legal and policy matter.

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Black Reparations Parsed

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, July 6, 2020

The demands may seem righteous. But they are deeply flawed.

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Should Cops Get ‘Qualified Immunity'?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 29, 2020

The regulation of police abuse and illegal actions.

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, June 26, 2020

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "The Gorsuch Legal Alchemy." 

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1 Of 2)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, June 26, 2020

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "The Gorsuch Legal Alchemy." 

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The Libertarian: DACA, Immigration, And The Supreme Court

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Tuesday, June 23, 2020

The Court reaches an indefensible outcome in what should have been a simple case.

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The Gorsuch Legal Alchemy

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, June 22, 2020

 Standard textual analysis doesn’t support the meaning he gives to “sex” in Title VII.

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The Libertarian: Justice Delayed

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, June 18, 2020

The Supreme Court chooses not to hear three vital cases.

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