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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Libertarian: Abortion And The Supreme Court: A History

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, May 27, 2021

From Pre-Roe v. Wade to … post-Roe v. Wade

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Libertarian: Conflict In The Middle East

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Understanding the contours of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, May 24, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Calling Out Aggression In The Mideast."

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Should Roe V. Wade Stand?

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 24, 2021

The deepest divisions over benchmark abortion case break along constitutional lines.

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Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, May 19, 2021

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Eviction Moratorium Bends Both Facts and Law." Part 2 of the interview is available here.

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Calling Out Aggression In The Mideast

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 17, 2021

Claims of legal and moral parity cloud the public’s understanding of the violence.

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Libertarian: The Post-Pandemic Economy

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Inflation, unemployment, and the Biden spending binge.

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Eviction Moratorium Bends Both Facts And Law

by Richard A. Epsteinvia Defining Ideas
Monday, May 10, 2021

Controlling COVID does not require destruction of rental markets.

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Libertarian: Vaccines, Public Health, And Intellectual Property

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The Libertarian
Thursday, May 6, 2021

Vaccines, Public Health, and Intellectual Property.

Interviews

Richard Epstein On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Richard A. Epsteinvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, May 3, 2021

Hoover Institution fellow Richard Epstein discusses his Defining Ideas article "Biden Tax Agenda Seeks To Turn Back The “Rising Tide”."

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