Impact of Richard a. Epstein

10 Pages Posted: 21 Oct 2005 Last revised: 25 Jan 2018

See all articles by James W. Ely

James W. Ely

Vanderbilt University - Law School


This essay examines the impact of the scholarship of Professor Richard A. Epstein in the debate over the constitutional protection of property rights. It suggests that Epstein has had little direct impact on judicial decisions pertaining to property rights, but that he has had significant influence in changing the terms of debate over the place of property in the constitutional order. The essay points out that Professor Epstein's influence extends far beyond the academy and has helped to trigger a national dialogue over the rights of owners.

Suggested Citation

Ely, James W., Impact of Richard a. Epstein. 15 William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, 421, No. 2, December 2006, Vanderbilt Public Law Research Paper No. 05-31, Available at SSRN:

James W. Ely (Contact Author)

Vanderbilt University - Law School ( email )

131 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203-1181
United States

Do you have negative results from your research you’d like to share?

Paper statistics

Abstract Views
PlumX Metrics