March 7, 1987 Video Collection

Richard A. Epstein: The Public Trust Doctrine

Richard A. Epstein is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at New York University as well as an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute. He is the author of Simple Rules for a Complex World (1995) and Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism (2004), among many other books.

In this video from 1987 Epstein delivers a lecture on the public trust doctrine and includes elements of eminent domain and other means of government takings and determining what constitutes public property. Much of the lecture is based on Epstein’s 1985 book Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain.