Robin D. Barnes

Professor of Law

Constitutional law scholar Robin D. Barnes teaches various courses in her field of expertise, including Advanced Constitutional Law: Individual Rights; Freedom of Speech; and Street Law in the High Schools, a community-oriented legal education program in which Law School students present lessons to area high school students in such subject areas as the legal process, government powers, social policy, and criminal, family and constitutional law. She also has held several visiting professorships including, most recently, at the University of Colorado School of Law and the University of San Diego School of Law.

Professor Barnes’ scholarly work has been cited in more than 250 legal journals, including the Yale Law Review, Columbia Law Review and Harvard Law Review. Her latest book, Outrageous Invasions, Celebrities’ Private Lives, Media and the Law (Oxford University Press, 2010) traces the evolution of speech rights of public figures and how those rights both deflect and promote broader changes in the democratic order in the U.S. and European Union. Professor Barnes is the author of The Nature and Scope of Individual Rights: Emerging Debates in Constitutional Law, a casebook that focuses on individual rights in the areas of substantive due process, information privacy and political freedom and a frequent speaker on issues related to democracy, free speech, privacy and human rights.

Professor Barnes is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo Law School and the University of Wisconsin School of Law, where she earned an LL.M. in constitutional theory and began her career as a William H. Hastie Fellow.

Robin D. Barnes, Enjoining Selective Forced Exposure of Figures of Contemporary Society, 10 Conn. Pub. Int. L.J. 371 (2011)
Robin D. Barnes, Outrageous Invasions, Celebrities' Private Lives, Media and the Law (Oxford University Press, 2010)
Robin D. Barnes,Natural Legal Guardians of Judicial Independence and Academic Freedom,77 Fordham L. Rev. 1453 (2009)
Robin D. Barnes, Drafting the Priests of Our Democracy to Serve the Diplomatic, Informational, Military and Economic Dimensions of Power,
27 Buff. Pub. Int. L. J. 131 (2008)
Robin D. Barnes, How Civil Rights and Pro-Peace Transformed the Press Clause Through Surrogacy, 34 Wm. Mitchell L. Rev. 1021 (2008)