Classical Liberal Criminal Law

15 Pages Posted: 17 May 2018 Last revised: 4 Jun 2018

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Rachel E. Barkow

New York University School of Law

Date Written: May 1, 2018


This essay, written for a festschrift for Richard Epstein, argues that classical liberals should support robust constitutional protections in criminal matters. It specifically highlights the need for robust Eighth Amendment review.

Keywords: Constitutional Law, Eighth Amendment, Criminal Law, Classical Liberal Theory

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Barkow, Rachel E., Classical Liberal Criminal Law (May 1, 2018). NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 18-34. Available at SSRN: or

Rachel E. Barkow (Contact Author)

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