Randy E. Barnett is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Legal Theory at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he 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. He has been a visiting professor at Northwestern and Harvard Law School. In 2008, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in Constitutional Studies.

In 2004, Professor Barnett appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court to argue the medical cannabis case of Gonzalez v. Raich. 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), Hannity & Colmes (FOX) and the Ricki Lake Show. He delivered the Kobe 2000 lectures in jurisprudence at the University of Tokyo and Doshisha University in Kyoto.

Professor Barnett’s scholarship includes more than eighty articles and reviews, as well as eight books, including Restoring the Lost Constitution: The Presumption of Liberty (Princeton, 2004), Constitutional Law: Cases in Context (Aspen 2008), and Contracts Cases and Doctrine (Aspen, 4th ed. 2008).

A full listing of his publications can be found at his personal site, http://randybarnett.com/.

More from Randy E. Barnett


Public Filings

Kolbe v. Hogan

Legal Briefs. August 21, 2017.

United States v. Texas

Legal Briefs. April 4, 2016.

In re: Electronic Privacy Information Center

Legal Briefs. August 12, 2013.

Cato Reviews & Journals

Is the Constitution Libertarian?

Supreme Court Review. 2008-2009.

Restoring the Lost Constitution

Policy Report. January/February 2004.

Justice Kennedy’s Libertarian Revolution: Lawrence v. Texas

Supreme Court Review. 2002-2003.