Who We Are

Richard Epstein


Richard A. Epstein is the Director of the Classical Liberal Institute and the inaugural Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. Prior to his joining the faculty, he was a visiting law professor at NYU from 2007 through 2009. He has served as the Peter and Kirstin Bedford Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution since 2000. Epstein is also the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law Emeritus and a senior lecturer at the University of Chicago. His initial law school appointment was at the University of Southern California from 1968 to 1972. Epstein 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 has been a Senior Fellow of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago Division of Biological Sciences, 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. From 2001 to 2010 he was a director of the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics at the University of Chicago.

His newest book, The Classical Liberal Constitution: The Uncertain Quest for Limited Government (Harvard 2014) is currently available for sale here. His previous books include Design for Liberty: Private Property, Public Administration and the Rule of Law (Harvard 2011); The Case Against the Employee Free Choice Act (Hoover 2009); Supreme Neglect: How to Revive the Constitutional Protection of Property Rights (Oxford 2008); 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); 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 also edited (with Catherine M. Sharkey) Cases and Materials on the Law of Torts (10th edition 2012).

Epstein has written numerous articles on a wide range of legal and interdisciplinary subjects. He has taught courses in administrative law, antitrust law, civil procedure, communications, constitutional law, contracts, corporations, criminal law, criminal procedure, employment discrimination law, environmental law, food and drug law health law and policy, legal history, labor law, property, real estate development and finance, jurisprudence, labor law; land use planning, patents, individual, estate, partnership and corporate taxation, Roman Law; torts, water law and workers' compensation.

Epstein also writes a weekly legal column, the Libertarian, is a regular contributor to Ricochet, and writes occasionally for other web sites including Just Security, the ScotusBlog and PointofLaw at the Manhattan Institute.

Mario Rizzo


Mario Rizzo is the Co-Director of the Classical Liberal Institute and an Associate Professor of Economics at NYU. He is also the Director of the Program on the Foundations of the Market Economy in the Department of Economics and the chairman of the Colloquium on Market Institutions and Economic Processes. He has been a law and economics fellow at Yale Law School and the University of Chicago Law School. He teaches a yearly seminar at NYU School of Law called “Classical Liberalism.” He is the author of many articles in economics and in law journals. His most recent book (co-authored with Gerald P. O’Driscoll, Jr.) is Austrian Economics Re-Examined: The Economics of Time and Ignorance, available here.

Professor Rizzo’s current research is focused on new or soft paternalism, behavioral economics, and the economic theory of rationality. He is completing a book on the subject.

His research is grounded on four fundamental premises: (1) the decentralization of knowledge in a complex society, such as ours, is important in the explanation of both economic and social phenomena; (2) human action should be understood in a contextual way -- both the individual and social context is needed to make sense of what people do and how they relate to one another; (3) these phenomena are, wherever possible, best viewed as processes in time; and (4) economic and social policies usually have important unintended consequences.

Billy Christmas


Billy Christmas is a political philosopher with research interests in property, justice, and political economy. He completed his Ph. D under the auspices of the Manchester Centre for Political Theory, writing his dissertation on self-ownership and original appropriation. He also has an MA in Political Economy and BA in Philosophy from the University of Manchester, and was the Michael & Andrea Leven Fellow at the Institute for Humane Studies during the academic years 2015-2017. He joined CLI in 2017.

Nick Cowen


Nick Cowen is a political scientist with interests in political theory, law and public policy.  He wrote his doctoral dissertation at King's College London on the political economy of distributive justice. He has a BA in Philosophy from University College London and an MPhil in Political Theory from the University of Oxford. He has previously been a policy researcher and communications manager at the British think-tank, Civitas. He is the author of Swedish Lessons: How Schools with More Freedom Can Deliver Better Education, and Total Recall: How Direct Democracy Can Improve Britain. Nick was a Mercatus Center Adam Smith Fellow during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Robert Miller


Professor Miller joined the Classical Liberal Institute at the New York University School of Law in July of 2014 and is currently a Senior Fellow. He is also a Professor of Law and the F. Arnold Daum Fellow in Corporate Law at the University of Iowa College of Law.

Before joining the faculty at the University of Iowa, Professor Miller was a Professor of Law at the Villanova University School of Law and the Associate Director of the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good at Villanova University. He has been a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the Cardozo Law School, and an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at the Columbia Law School. Before entering academia, Professor Miller was an associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York. His scholarship concerns corporate and securities law, the economic analysis of law, and the philosophy of law, and he has taught courses in Business Associations, Mergers and Acquisitions, Law and Economics, Corporate Finance, Antitrust, and Contracts.

Professor Miller earned his J.D. from the Yale Law School where he was a Senior Editor of the Yale Law Journal and an Olin Fellow in Law, Economics and Public Policy. He earned his M.A. and M.Phil. degrees in philosophy from Columbia University, where he held a Mellon Fellowship in the Humanities from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and a Western Civilization Fellowship from the Intercollegiate Studies Institute. He earned his B.A. in philosophy and mathematics from Columbia College.  His published works and working papers are available on his SSRN page.

Seth Oranburg


Professor Seth C. Oranburg studies the effect of law on innovation and the economy. His research includes Internet shareholder activism, crowdfunding, venture capital and angel investing, smart contracts, network effects, information brokerage, and other commercial activities that relate to securities regulation, corporate finance, business associations, contracts, and related legal issues. He publishes his research in esteemed journals such as the Rutgers University Law Review, Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy, and Fordham Journal of Corporate Law, and he has been interviewed by popular publications such as the The Wall Street Journal, AboveTheLaw.com, and CommPro.biz.

Professor Oranburg teaches Contracts and Corporations at Duquesne Law. Before joining the Duquesne faculty in 2016, he taught legal writing courses at the Chicago-Kent College of Law and taught Corporations, Closely Held Business Organizations, and Electronic Discovery of Digital Evidence at the Florida State University College of Law. Professor Oranburg’s practice experience includes providing corporate counsel and managing venture capital transactions in Silicon Valley, California, and litigating antitrust matters in Washington, DC.

Professor Oranburg graduated with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and a Kirkland & Ellis Scholar. He earned his bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Florida with a double major in political science and English. Professor Oranburg is a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar of the District of Columbia.

Liya Palagashvili


Liya Palagashvili is a Fellow at New York University School of Law and an Assistant Professor of Economics at SUNY-Purchase College. Liya earned her PhD in Economics from George Mason University in 2015, and while in graduate school she was also a Visiting PhD Scholar with the Department of Economics at New York University. She has published academic papers in the History of Political Economy, Journal of Institutional Economics, Journal of Law, Economics, and Policy, and the Review of Austrian Economics. In addition to academic writing, Liya has published in media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Newsday, U.S. News and World Report, and Philadelphia Inquirer. She has taught a number of undergraduate economics classes—Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Intermediate Macroeconomics, Econometrics, and Austrian Economics.  Liya’s dissertation was on fiscal federalism and the ways by which foreign aid and federal aid break down the mechanisms inherent in the structures of federalism that align the interests of government with that of its citizens.  She has presented her work at academic conferences both domestically and internationally on topics of federalism, economic development and foreign aid, entrepreneurship and regulation, public choice economics, community policing, post-Soviet transition economies, self-governing communities, and colonialism.  Liya earned her B.S. in Economics from George Mason University in 2011, where she was the President of the university’s Economics Society, and then her M.A. in Economics from George Mason University in 2012.

Shruti Rajagopalan


Shruti Rajagopalan is an Assistant Professor of Economics at State University of New York, Purchase College. She earned her Ph.D. in economics in 2013 from George Mason University and was most recently a Bradley Visiting Researcher in the Department of Economics at New York University. Shruti's broad area of interest is the economic analysis of comparative legal and political systems. Her research interests specifically include law and economics, public choice theory, and constitutional economics. Shruti is currently working on the economic analysis of amendments to the Indian Constitution. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals, law reviews, and books. She also enjoys writing in the popular press and has published opinion editorials on Indian political economy in The Wall Street JournalMintThe Hindu: Business Line, and The Indian Express.

Paola Suarez


Paola Suarez is a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at George Mason University, where she also received her BS in Economics in 2012 and her MA in Economics in 2014. She is a visiting Ph.D. student at the Department of Economics at New York University, a Classical Liberal Institute Fellow at New York University School of Law, and a Mercatus Dissertation Fellow at the Mercatus Center at GMU. Her research interests include primarily economics of marriage and the family, but also economic development, public choice, law and economics, and Austrian economics.

Stefanie Jung

Visiting Fellow, Fall 2017

Stefanie Jung is a Visiting Fellow at the Classical Liberal Institute during September and October 2017 and was also a visitor during Spring 2014, Fall 2015, and Fall 2016. She is Juniorprofessor (associate professor) for civil law and company law at the University of Siegen (Germany), where she teaches in the Bachelor’s and Master’s Program on German and European Business Law. She is also a visiting lecturer at Vienna University of Economics and Business since 2015 (teaching contract negotiations). She has published extensively on European corporate law, corporate governance, contract negotiations as well as on business networks and legal methodology.

Karen Bradshaw

Program Affiliate Scholar

Karen Bradshaw is currently an Associate Professor at Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law . She received a BS in Business Administration from University of California Berkeley in 2004, a Masters in Business Administration from California State University, Chico in 2006, her JD, with honors, from The University of Chicago Law School in 2010, and was a Koch-Searle Legal Research Fellow at the NYU School of Law. Professor Bradshaw's research and teaching interests include environmental law, property, natural resources, land use planning, and administrative law.


Werner Vandenbruwaene

Program Affiliate Scholar

Werner Vandenbruwaene is a research fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) at University of Antwerp (Belgium). As a visiting professor, he teaches introduction to political science (BA course) and comparative constitutional law (MA course). He defended his doctoral thesis on the enforcement of the principle of subsidiarity in the Fall of 2014. He was a visiting researcher at the UCLA School of Law during the Spring term 2014 and a visiting scholar at the Classical Liberal Institute at NYU Law School in 2017.

His main research interests are federalism, comparative constitutional law, fiscal and budgetary law, legislative studies and (constitutional) law & economics.

His publications include a special issue of the Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law on multi-level governance, a special issue of Legisprudence on the role of courts as regulatory watchdogs, edited volume on the role of constitutional courts in multi-level governance and an edited volume in Dutch on the sixth federalism reform in Belgium. Together with prof. R Houben, he co-edits a series published by Intersentia on Public and Private Financial Law, which includes two volumes on the EU Banking Union.

Yun-chien Chang

Program Affiliate Scholar

Yun-chien Chang is a Research Professor at Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica, Taiwan and serves as the Director of its Empirical Legal Studies Center. He was and will be a visiting professor at New York University, the University of Chicago, St. Gallen University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Rotterdam Institute of Law and Economics. He has also conducted research at Cornell University, University of Paris 2, and University of Tokyo. His current academic interests focus on economic, empirical and comparative analysis of property law and land use law, as well as empirical studies of the judicial system. Prof. Chang has authored and co-authored more than 90 journal articles and book chapters. His English articles have appeared or will appear in leading journals in the world, such as The University of Chicago Law Review; Journal of Legal Studies; Journal of Legal Analysis; Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization; Journal of Empirical Legal Studies; International Review of Law and Economics; European Journal of Law and Economics; Notre Dame Law Review; Iowa Law Review and the Supreme Court Economic Review, among others.

His monograph Private Property and Takings Compensation: Theoretical Framework and Empirical Analysis (Edward Elgar; 2013) was a winner of the Scholarly Monograph Award in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Prof. Chang (co-)edited Empirical Legal Analysis: Assessing the Performance of Legal Institutions (Routledge; 2014), Law and Economics of Possession (Cambridge UP; 2015), Private Law in China and Taiwan: Economic and Legal Analyses (Cambridge UP; 2016), and Selection and Decision in Judicial Process Around the World: Empirical Inquires (Cambridge UP; 2018 forthcoming). Prof. Chang is also a co-author of Property and Trust Law in Taiwan (Wolter Kluwers; 2017). He authored two books in Chinese, Eminent Domain Compensation in Taiwan: Theory and Practice (Angle; 2013) and Economic Analysis of Property Law, Volume 1: Ownership (Angle; 2015), and also edited Empirical Studies of the Judicial Systems 2011 (Institutum Iurisprudentiae, Academia Sinica; 2013).

Prof. Chang’s academic achievements have won him the Career Development Award in 2016, Outstanding Scholar Award in 2016, Academia Sinica Law Journal Award in 2016, the Junior Research Investigators Award in 2015, the Best Poster Prize at 2011 CELS, and several research grants. He serves as Associate Editor of the International Review of Law and Economics; Editor of Asian Journal of Comparative Law and a Panelist on American Law Institute’s Restatement Fourth, Property International Advisory Panel.

Prof. Chang received his J.S.D. and LL.M. degree from New York University School of Law, where he was also a Lederman/Milbank Law and Economics Fellow and a Research Associate at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, NYU. Before going to NYU, Prof. Chang had earned LL.B. and LL.M. degrees at National Taiwan University and passed the Taiwan bar. Prof. Chang has had working experience with prestigious law firms in Taiwan and has served as a legal assistant for the International Trade Commission.

More information can be found at http://www.iias.sinica.edu.tw/ycc/en

Shitong Qiao

Program Affiliate Scholar

Shitong Qiao is assistant professor of law at the University of Hong Kong, where he teaches comparative property law, law of cities, law and development and Chinese law, and won the Faculty Research Award. He is also Global Associate Professor of Law at NYU School of Law (Fall 2017). Dr. Qiao holds degrees from Wuhan University (LL.B.), Peking University (LL.M.), and Yale University (LL.M., J.S.D.). His doctoral dissertation, “Chinese Small Property: The Co-Evolution of Law and Social Norms,” won the Judge Ralph K. Winter Prize (awarded annually to the best student paper written in law and economics at Yale Law School), and will be published by Cambridge University Press. Dr. Qiao’s current research focuses on property, social norms, and local government law, and is supported by Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and Hong Kong Research Grant Council. His publications appear or will appear in Southern California Law ReviewIowa Law Review, American Journal of Comparative Law, Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Cityscape, among others. Dr. Qiao passed the National Judicial Examination of China and is a member of the New York State Bar. He has provided expert opinions on the Chinese land regime to government agencies both inside and outside of China, including the Shenzhen city government and the Ontario Securities Commission.

Greg Shill

Program Affiliate Scholar

Greg Shill is an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa College of Law. Professor Shill’s scholarship and teaching focus on corporate law and contracts. His work has been published in the UCLA Law Review (forthcoming), the Tulane Law Review, the Harvard International Law Journal, and the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. He holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a B.A. from Columbia, and an M.A. from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Professor Shill joined Iowa following a fellowship at Harvard Law School in the Program on Corporate Governance. He previously worked at law firms in New York and London as a corporate lawyer and litigator. At Cadwalader, he advised on M&A transactions, activist investor situations, and corporate governance matters, and at Gibson Dunn, he practiced commercial, white collar, and appellate litigation. He has also held academic appointments at New York University School of Law, where he served as the Olin-Searle Fellow in Law, and at the law schools of Hofstra University and the University of Denver, where he taught as a visiting assistant professor. He began his legal career as a law clerk for Judge Jennifer W. Elrod of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Prior to law school, he worked as a legislative assistant to the late Rep. Tom Lantos of California.

Professor Shill’s publications and working papers are available on SSRN. He is a member of the New York Bar.

Yehonatan Givati

Program Affiliate Scholar

Yehonatan Givati is a professor at Hebrew University Law School, where he teaches tax law and economic analysis of law. His academic work applies the tools of law and economics, both theoretical and empirical, to three areas of law: tax law, law enforcement, and administrative law. He received a PhD from the Economics Department at Harvard University in 2013, and an SJD from Harvard Law School in 2011.
More information can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/yehonatangivati/

Todd Henderson

Program Affiliate Scholar

M. Todd Henderson is the Michael J. Marks Professor of Law and Mark Claster Mamolen Research Scholar at the University of Chicago Law School. Todd’s research interests include corporations, securities regulation, and law and economics. He has taught classes ranging from Banking Regulation to Torts to American Indian Law.

Professor Henderson received an engineering degree cum laude from Princeton University in 1993. He worked for several years designing and building dams in California before matriculating at the Law School. While at the Law School, Todd was an editor of the Law Review and captained the Law School's all-University champion intramural football team. During his time at the Law School, Todd took four classes with Richard Epstein, each of which tied for first among his favorite academic experiences. He graduated magna cum laude in 1998 and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Following law school, Todd served as clerk to the Hon. Dennis Jacobs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He then practiced appellate litigation at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, D.C., and was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company in Boston, where he specialized in counseling telecommunications and high-tech clients on business and regulatory strategy.

Aaron Simowitz

Program Affiliate Scholar

Aaron Simowitz joined CLI as a fellow in 2014. He is also a Research Fellow at the NYU Center for Transnational Litigation, Arbitration, and Commercial Law. His scholarship considers the impact of new types of assets and transactions on international litigation and arbitration. His current work, Siting Intangibles, 46 N.Y.U J. Int’l L. & Pol.(peer-reviewed, forthcoming 2015), lays out a conflict of laws framework for judgment and arbitral award enforcement against intangible assets. For his work in private international law, Aaron received the American Society of International Law’s Young Scholar’s Award.

This year, Aaron will teach Transnational Litigation and Arbitration at Columbia Law School. He previously co-taught the course at NYU with Professor Linda Silberman, where they concluded the class with a month of simulated cases briefed, argued, and judged by the students. Before joining NYU, Aaron worked at the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he focused on international litigation and arbitration. Aaron was also active in pro bono representation at Gibson Dunn, where he helped to found a group to litigate criminal-immigration cases, including both direct representation of legal permanent residents in criminal removal proceedings and amicus briefs filed before the Supreme Court. Aaron earned his J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 2006, where he received an Olin Student Fellowship, a Bradley Student Fellowship, and the Bustin Award for the paper making the most valuable contribution to the improvement of government. Aaron also served as the Book Review Editor for the Law Review. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable D. Brooks Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Eric Singer

Program Affiliate Scholar

Eric Singer was the Searle Fellow at the NYU School of Law for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years.  He was previously a land use and government relations attorney at Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP in Miami, Florida, and a law clerk for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Louisville, Kentucky.  He graduated with high honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was awarded the John M. Olin Prize, to the outstanding student in Law and Economics, and served as a John M. Olin Student Fellow and Bradley Foundation Student Fellow.  He earned his undergraduate degree in history from Cornell University and a graduate degree in education from the University of Michigan, after which he taught high school history and government for several years in the Detroit, Michigan, area.

Laura Cresté

Program Manager

Laura Cresté is the Program Manager for the Classical Liberal Institute. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from the NYU Creative Writing Program, and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Bennington College. She worked as an administrative assistant at NYU School of Law before joining the CLI in 2017.