Brooks on Bork: Scholar, public servant, passionate policy voice

Sigrid Estrada/AEI

Judge Robert Bork has passed away at the age of 85. A longtime legal scholar, judge, and friend of AEI, he leaves a long legacy as a scholar, a public servant, and a passionate voice in policy.

At AEI, Judge Bork was a visiting scholar and then a resident scholar for many years. He was also the recipient of the 1984 Francis Boyer award, the predecessor to the Irving Kristol award.

To most people, Bork was likely best known as a critic of the Warren Court and a defender of originalism. But perhaps his most lasting legacy is in the field of anti-trust law, where his legal writings and economic analysis of anti-trust, where the view that he developed — that antitrust law should seek to maximize benefits to consumers — has gone from a niche view to one widely accepted by legal scholars. He wrote his seminal work on the topic, "The Antitrust Paradox," while at AEI.

Judge Bork was a brilliant legal scholar and policy thinker, and a great friend to AEI. He will be missed.

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine
About the Author

 

Arthur C.
Brooks

What's new on AEI

Study: Piketty tax plan would boost equality by making rich less rich. But poor would be poorer, too
image Rep. McCaul’s cybersecurity information sharing center: If you build it, will they come?
image Halbig and its aftermath
image Culture of how Washington pays for medical care
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 28
    MON
  • 29
    TUE
  • 30
    WED
  • 31
    THU
  • 01
    FRI
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Is Medicare's future secure? The 2014 Trustees Report

Please join AEI as the chief actuary for Medicare summarizes the report’s results, followed by a panel discussion of what those spending trends are likely to mean for seniors, taxpayers, the health industry, and federal policy.

Event Registration is Closed
Friday, August 01, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Watergate revisited: The reforms and the reality, 40 years later

Please join us as four of Washington’s most distinguished political observers will revisit the Watergate hearings and discuss reforms that followed.

No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.