- Horace W. Goldsmith Research Professor of Law
Charles Barzun joined the faculty in 2008. His areas of interest include constitutional law, torts, evidence and the history of legal thought. Barzun also serves as faculty advisor for the Dual-Degree (J.D./M.A.) Program in Legal History.
After receiving his A.B. in government from Harvard in 1997, Barzun worked in corporate and product development at CNET Networks, an Internet media company in San Francisco. In 2005, he received a J.D./M.A. degree from Virginia. During law school, he served as notes development editor of the Virginia Law Review and won the Best Note Award for his student note, "Common Sense and Legal Science." After graduating, he clerked for Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Prior to joining the faculty, Charles was a Climenko Fellow and lecturer at Harvard Law School.
- J.D.University of Virginia School of Law2005
- M.A.University of Virginia2005
- A.B.Harvard University1997
“The Common Law and Critical Theory” 92 U. Colo. L. Rev. 1221 (2021). (symposium)
“Clash of the Titans: Hercules v. Dennis Martinez, or Why Dworkin and Fish are Both Wrong” in (forthcoming 2022).
“Quentin Skinner v. Charles Taylor: Explanation and Practical Reasoning in History, Philosophy, and Law,” 31 Yale J.L. & Human. 367 (2021). (symposium)
“The Tale of Two Harts; A Schlegelian Dialectic,” 69 Buff. L. Rev. 9 (2021). (symposium)
“Conflict Avoidance in Constitutional Law” (with Michael D. Gilbert), 107 Va. L. Rev. 1 (2021). (symposium)
“The Genetic Fallacy and a Living Constitution,” 34 Const. Comment. 101 (2019). (symposium)
“Constructing Originalism or: Why Professors Baude and Sachs Should Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Ronald Dworkin,” 105. Va. L. Rev. Online 128 (2019). (symposium)
“Jerome Frank, Lon Fuller, and a Romantic Pragmatism,” 29 Yale J. L. & Human. 101 (2017).
“Legal Realism and Natural Law” (with Dan Priel), in Maksmilian Del Mar & Michael Lobban, eds., Law in Theory and History: New Essays on a Neglected Dialogue 167 (Hart Publishing, 2016).
“Inside/Out: Beyond the Internal/External Distinction in Legal Scholarship,” 101 Va. L. Rev. 1203 (2015).
“Jurisprudence and (Its) History” (with Dan Priel), 101 Va. L. Rev. 849 (2015).
“Metaphysical Quietism and Functional Explanation in the Law,” 34 Law & Phil. 89 (2015).
“Getting Substantive: A Response to Posner and Vermeule,” 80 U. Chi. L. Rev. 267 (2013).
“Legal Rights and the Limits of Conceptual Analysis,” 26 Ratio Juris. 215 (2013).
Review of Kristen Rundle, Forms Liberate: Reclaiming the Jurisprudence of Lon L. Fuller (2012), 76 Mod. L. Rev. 935 (2013).
“Politics or Principle? Zechariah Chafee and the Social Interest in Free Speech,” B.Y.U. L. Rev. 259 (2007).
“Common Sense and Legal Science," 90 Va. L. Rev. 1051 (2004).
Seminar in Ethical Values