Supreme Neglect: How to Revive Constitutional Protection for Private Property

(Oxford University Press, 2008)

Book Forum
March 6, 2008 12:00PM
Auditorium/Wintergarden
Featuring the author, Richard A. Epstein James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago, with comments by J. Peter Byrne, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center.

Returning to the subject that first made him famous over two decades ago, Richard Epstein, the author of Takings, has a new book on property rights. In it, he takes readers from the strongly protective property rights advocated by the Constitution’s Framers to the weak property rights supported by progressive and liberal politicians in the 20th century. Using both political theory and economic analysis, Epstein offers a compelling interpretation of the Fifth Amendment’s Takings Clause to draw the connections between property rights, individual liberty, and social progress. And he looks also at the renewed appreciation of property rights that has arisen in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s infamous Kelo v. New London decision. Please join us for a discussion of this new work, with vigorous comments from the other side.