Randy Barnett

  • Discipline: Legal Theory
  • Organization: Georgetown University Law Center

Randy Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts. He has also taught cyberlaw, torts, criminal law, evidence, agency and partnership, and jurisprudence. 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 November 2004, he argued the medical cannabis case of Gonzales v. Raich in the U.S. Supreme Court. This spring, he returned to the Ninth Circuit to argue the case on remand. He also represents the Oakland Cannabis Buyer’s Cooperative and coauthored an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in the case of Lawrence v. Texas.Professor Barnett has published more than eighty articles and reviews, as well as seven books, including Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (Princeton, 2004), Contracts Cases and Doctrine (Aspen, 3rd ed. 2003) and Perspectives on Contract Law (Aspen, 3rd ed. 2005). His book The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law (Oxford, 1998) has been translated into Japanese. He is currently writing a new casebook on constitutional law.

Professor Barnett has been a visiting professor at Northwestern University and Harvard Law School. He lectures internationally and appears frequently on radio and television programs such as The CBS Evening News, The News Hour (PBS), Talk of the Nation (NPR), and The Ricki Lake Show. He delivered the Kobe 2000 Lectures in Jurisprudence at the University of Tokyo and Doshisha University in Kyoto, a series that previously featured Ronald Dworkin, Joseph Raz and Will Kimlicka. He has also lectured on contract law theory at Waseda University (Tokyo) and on criminal justice theory at Kansai University (Osaka).

Humane Studies Review Works

  • Feature Essay - "Why the Ninth Amendment?," by Randy Barnett