Richard A. Epstein. James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, and Peter and Kirstin Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution.
Prior to joining the University of Chicago Law School faculty, Epstein taught law at the University of Southern California from 1968 to 1972. He served as Interim Dean from February to June, 2001. He received an LL.D., h.c. from the University of Ghent, 2003. He has been a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1985 and a Senior Fellow of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago Medical School, also since 1983. He served as editor of the Journal of Legal Studies from 1981 to 1991, and of the Journal of Law and Economics from 1991-2001. At present he is a director of the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics.
His books include Antitrust Decrees in Theory and Practice: Why Less is More (AEI 2007); Overdose: How Excessive Government Regulation Stifles Pharmaceutical Innovation (Yale University Press. 2006); How Progressives Rewrote the Constitution(Cato 2006). Cases and Materials on Torts (Aspen Law & Business; 8th ed. 2004);Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism (University of Chicago, 2003): Cases and Materials on Torts (Aspen Law & Business; 7th ed. 2000);Torts (Aspen Law & Business 1999); Principles for a Free Society: Reconciling Individual Liberty with the Common Good (Perseus Books, 1998): Mortal Peril: Our Inalienable Rights to Health Care (Addison-Wesley, 1997); Simple Rules for a Complex World (Harvard, 1995); Bargaining With the State (Princeton, 1993);Forbidden Grounds: The Case Against Employment Discrimination Laws (Harvard, 1992); Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain (Harvard, 1985); and Modern Products Liability Law (Greenwood Press, 1980). He has written numerous articles on a wide range of legal and interdisciplinary subjects. He has taught courses in civil procedure, communications, constitutional law, contracts, corporations, criminal law, health law and policy, legal history, labor law, property, real estate development and finance, jurisprudence, labor law; land use planning, patents, individual, estate and corporate taxation, Roman Law; torts, and workers’ compensation.
Professor Epstein is also a frequent contributor to the University of Chicago Law Faculty Podcast.
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- The FTC, IP, and SSOs: Government Hold-up Replacing Private Coordination, 8 J.C.L. & Econ. 1(2012), Richard A. Epstein, F. Scott Kieff, and Daniel F. Spulber.
- Property, Regulatory Policy, or Hybrid? The Elusive Status of Intellectual Property, Perspectives from Free State Foundation Scholars, Jan. 2011, Richard A. Epstein.
- Patent Injunctions and Repeat Offenders, Financial Times, November 11, 2010, Richard Epstein.
- Questioning the Frequency and Wisdom of Compulsory Licensing for Pharmaceutical Patents, University of Chicago Law & Economics Olin Working Paper No. 527, Richard A. Epstein and F. Scott Kieff.
- The Disintegration of Intellectual Property? A Classical Liberal Response to a Premature Obituary, 62Stanford. L. Rev. 455 (2010), Richard A. Epstein.
- Will the Supreme Court Stem the Antipatent Tide?, Financial Times, July 30, 2009, Richard Epstein.
- The Unraveling of Patents in the US, Financial Times, Mar. 31, 2009, Richard Epstein.
- Breaking the Patent Logjam, Financial Times, Aug. 28, 2008, Richard Epstein.
- Reacting to the Spending Spree: Policy Changes We Can Afford (2009). A publication of the Hoover Institution’s Task Force on Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity. Richard A. Epstein, Stephen Haber, F. ScottKieff, Henry E. Smith, et al.
Other Media Content
- Federalist Society podcast, “Patent Rights: A Spark or Hindrance for the Economy?“, October 24, 2012.
- Quanta: Patent Rights in the Supreme Court, a discussion between Richard A. Epstein, F. Scott Kieff, Fred von Lohmann, and Mark Lemley, moderated by Adam Mossoff. Produced by the Federalist Society’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, September 30, 2009.
- Patents are not the enemy, Opinion, Chicago Tribune, August 15, 2012, Rod Cooper, Richard A. Epstein, and Stephen H. Haber.
- The FTC’s Proposal for Regulating IP through SSOs Would Replace Private Coordination with Government Hold-Up, Submitted in Response to the FTC’s Request for Comments and Announcement of Workshop on Standard--Setting Issues, Project No. P111204, Aug. 5, 2011. Richard A. Epstein, F. Scott Kieff, and Daniel F. Spulber.
- Brief of Dr. Ananda Chakrabarty as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitoners in Bilski v. Doll, Supreme Court of the United States, No. 08-964 (Aug. 6, 2009). Richard A. Epstein and F. Scott Kieff.
- “A Debate About the Patent System”, given at PatCon 3 at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law on April 12, 2013 with Judge Richard Posner and Richard A. Epstein.