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Prof. Randy E. Barnett

Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory, Georgetown University Law Center

Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he directs the Georgetown Center for the Constitution and teaches constitutional law and contracts. After graduating from Northwestern University and Harvard Law School, he tried many felony cases as a prosecutor in the Cook County States’ Attorney’s Office in Chicago. In 2004, he argued the medical marijuana case of Gonzalez v. Raich before the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2011-12 he represented the National Federation of Independent Business in its constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

Professor Barnett has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern, and the Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala. He delivered the Kobe 2000 lectures in jurisprudence at the University of Tokyo and Doshisha University in Kyoto. In 2008, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies.

His publications include more than one hundred articles and reviews, as well as nine books, including Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (Princeton, 2005), The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Contracts (Oxford 2010), Contracts: Cases and Doctrine (Wolters Kluwer, 5th ed. 2012), and Constitutional Law: Cases in Context (Wolters Kluwer, 2nd ed. 2013). His book, The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law (Oxford, 1998) was published in Japanese.  

Professor Barnett's opinion pieces appear regularly in such publications as The Wall Street Journal. He frequently appears on news programs on CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and Fox News, as well as on the Ricki Lake Show. In 2007, Professor Barnett was featured in the documentaries, The Trials of Law School and In Search of the Second Amendment. He portrayed an assistant prosecutor in the independent film InAlienable, released in 2010, which stars Richard Hatch, Courtney Peldon, Marina Sirtis, Erick Avari, and Walter Koenig.

Education
  • B.A., Northwestern
  • J.D., Harvard

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Publications and Multimedia
Cybersecurity and the NSA - Event Audio/Video
2014 Annual Student Symposium
March 25, 2014
Democracy & Political Ignorance - Event Video
Co-sponsored by the Georgetown Student Chapter, the Faculty Division, and the Georgetown Center for the Constitution
January 21, 2014
Public Interest Litigation Workshop - Event Audio/Video
16th Annual Faculty Conference
January 09, 2014
Is IP Property or Government-Conferred Monopoly? - Event Audio/Video
16th Annual Faculty Conference
January 09, 2014
Bulk Data Collection and the NSA - Podcast
International & National Security Law Practice Group Podcast
July 29, 2013
Marijuana: Examining the Tensions Between State and Federal Laws - Podcast
Criminal Law & Procedure Practice Group Podcast
May 17, 2013
United States v. Kebodeaux - Post-Argument SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 4-17-13 featuring Randy Barnett
April 17, 2013
Roundtable on Judicial Deference v. Judicial Engagement - Event Audio/Video
15th Annual Faculty Conference
January 10, 2013
Federalism and Federal Power - Event Audio/Video
2012 National Lawyers Convention
November 19, 2012
Upon Further Reflection: The Health Care Decision - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
August 30, 2012
National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 07-10-12 featuring Randy Barnett and Neal Katyal
July 10, 2012
The Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act - Event Audio/Video
2012 Annual Student Symposium
April 30, 2012
Obamacare Daily Oral Argument Briefing - Wednesday - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
March 28, 2012
Obamacare Daily Oral Argument Briefing - Tuesday - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
March 27, 2012
Obamacare Daily Oral Argument Briefing - Monday - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
March 26, 2012
Obamacare in the Supreme Court - Event Audio/Video
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group
March 20, 2012
Economic Freedoms and the Constitution - Event Audio/Video
2011 Annual Student Symposium
February 25, 2011
The Constitutionality of the Individual Mandate - Event Audio/Video
13th Annual Faculty Conference
January 07, 2011
Judicial Activism - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group
June 04, 2010
Constitutional Interpretation & the Bill of Rights - Event Audio/Video
2009 National Lawyers Convention
November 13, 2009
A Discussion about Judicial Review of Federalism - Event Audio/Video
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group
September 12, 2008
Is America Different from Other Major Western Democracies? - Event Audio/Video
2007 National Lawyer Convention
November 16, 2007
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act
Online Debate
April 26, 2007