Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches constitutional law and contracts and is the founder and director of the Georgetown Center for the Constitution. 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.
A 2008 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies, Professor Barnett has twice been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School. He has also visited at Penn, Northwestern, and the Universidad Francisco Marroquín in Guatemala. In 2000, he delivered the Kobe 2000 lectures in jurisprudence at the University of Tokyo and Doshisha University in Kyoto. In 2011, he received the
Charles G. Koch Outstanding IHS Alum Award from the Institute for Humane Studies.
Professor Barnett’s publications includes eleven books, more than one hundred articles and reviews, as well as numerous op-eds. Newly-expanded editions of his books, Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (Princeton) and
The Structure of Liberty: Justice and the Rule of Law (Oxford) were published this year. The Structure of Liberty was previously published in Japanese. His coauthored book, A Conspiracy Against Obamacare: The Volokh Conspiracy and the Health Care Case (Palgrave) was published in 2013. His other books include Constitutional Law: Cases in Context (Wolters Kluwer, 2nd ed. 2013), Contracts: Cases and
Doctrine (Wolters Kluwer, 5th ed. 2012), and The Oxford Introductions to U.S. Law: Contracts (Oxford 2010).
In 2012, he was one of the lawyers representing the National Federation of Independent Business in its constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Before that, he argued the medical marijuana case of Gonzalez v. Raich before the U.S. Supreme Court, after successfully arguing the case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Together with the Cato Institute, the Institute for Justice, and others, he has coauthored and submitted numerous amicus briefs to the Supreme
Court and to courts of appeals.
Professor Barnett blogs on the Volokh Conspiracy published by The Washington Post, and he regularly publishes opinion pieces in such publications as The Wall Street Journal. He frequently appears on news programs on CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and Fox News. In 2007, Professor Barnett was featured in the documentaries, The Trials of Law School, In Search of the Second Amendment, and in 2013, he appeared in Constitution USA with Peter Sagal on PBS. He portrayed an assistant prosecutor in the science fiction film InAlienable, released in 2010.