Duquesne University School of Law

Robert S. Barker, J.D., M.A.

Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus

Phone Number: 412.396.6301

E-Mail Address: barker@duq.edu

Education: M.A., History, Duquesne University, 1974
J.D., Law, Duquesne University School of Law, 1966
B.A., Political Science and History, Duquesne University, 1963

Robert S. Barker earned his undergraduate degree at Duquesne University, where he majored in history and political science and was captain of the debate team. He graduated in 1966 from Duquesne University School of Law, where he was case editor of the Duquesne University Law Review. Following his admission to the Pennsylvania bar, he served for two years as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Panama. Upon his return to western Pennsylvania, he worked as an attorney for Neighborhood Legal Services, an official of the City of Pittsburgh's Model Cities Program, an associate of the law firm of Rose, Schmidt and Dixon, and assistant dean and assistant professor at Duquesne University School of Law. In 1974, he earned a master's degree in American History at Duquesne. Thereafter, as assistant Allegheny County solicitor, he was legal counsel to Pittsburgh International Airport for six years, and served as vice chairman and, later, chairman of the American Bar Association Committee on Airport Law. Barker returned to the full-time Duquesne Law faculty in 1982. Since then he has written and spoken throughout the Western Hemisphere, in English and Spanish, on a wide range of constitutional law topics. He was for 12 years chairman of the Constitutional Law Committee of the Inter-American Bar Association (IABA), and for five years was the IABA's general reporter. In 1995 he was a Fulbright scholar and visiting professor of constitutional law at the University of Buenos Aires.

His books include La Constituciόn de Los Estados Unidos y su dinámica actual, Constitucional Adjundication: The Costa Rican Experience, and El Precedente y su Significado en al Derecho Constitucional de los Estados Unidos. In 2001 he was awarded the rank and title of Duquesne University distinguished professor of law, and in 2014 he was awarded the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa by the Universidad Nacional de Cajamarca (Perú). 

 

Constitutional Law
Comparative Law
International Law

La Doctrina de la Cuestion Pol-tica y la Separacion de Poderes en los Estados Unidos' at the Seminar on Separacion de Poderes y la Doctrina de la Cuesti-n Pol-tica, Supreme Court of Justice of Costa Rica, San Jose, March 28, 2012.

La Educacion Jur-dica en los Estados Unidos, at the Supreme Court of Justice of Costa Rica, San Jos', March 27, 2012.

Latin American Constitutionalism: An Overview, at the Symposium on Living Law: Constitutionalism in Emerging & Dynamic Democracies in the Middle East and Latin America, Willamette University College of Law, Salem, Oregon, February 16, 2012.