Professor Robin Barnes

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Robin Barnes graduated with honors from UB’s Faculty of Law and Jurisprudence in the top 10% of her class, and went on to obtain an advanced degree in Constitutional Theory as a Hastie Fellow.

Her most widely cited publications appear in the Oxford, Harvard, Yale, and Columbia Law Reviews. Her work has been cited, criticized and praised in over 440 legal journals.

Barnes most recent book, Outrageous Invasions, Celebrities' Private Lives, Media and the Law (Oxford University Press, 2010) focuses upon the evolution of press rights, the legal and social consequences of characterizing celebrities as public figures, and how "entertainment news" deflects attention away from rights of privacy, and broader issues of democratic order in the United States and European Union.

Barnes's casebook, The Nature and Scope of Individual Rights: Emerging Debates in Constitutional Law (2007), focuses upon individual rights in the areas of substantive due process, privacy, and the role of lawyers in shaping the fundamental rights debate.

The book has been favorably reviewed by well-respected scholars:

The materials are well-chosen and obviously provocative. The issues are central to our conception of self, family and society, and the concepts of right and wrong that animate the relationships. So, the only remaining question is: Do you have the courage to teach this course?

Matthew L. Spitzer, Hayden W. Head Regents Chair for Faculty Excellence, University of Texas School of Law

Given this book's enterprise of exploring the most atomistic of individual rights under the Constitution, the subject areas are shown to have a logical nexus that offers new insights into the interrelationship of various individual rights.

Terry Smith, Distinguished Research Professor of Law, DePaul University College of Law

Barnes speaks nationally and internationally on matters related to the role of media in democracies, free speech, the value of open societies and privacy as a human right.