Robert Barnsby


Rob Barnsby is visiting Berkeley Law from West Point, where he teaches Cyber Law and guest lectures in a variety of Law of Armed Conflict courses; he also serves as the Cyber Law Fellow for both the Army Cyber Institute and the Lieber Institute for Law and Land Warfare. He previously taught Constitutional Law for several years at West Point; he also taught the Law of Armed Conflict, Intelligence Law, Information Operations and Cyber Law at the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) School in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has published scholarly articles in the Texas Law ReviewAlabama Law ReviewMilitary Law ReviewHarvard International Review, and co-authored the Prologue to the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 2014 book The Fundamentals of Counterterrorism Law, among other publications. In addition to being a featured speaker at several West Point events and at the 2019 International Conference on Cyber Conflict in Tallinn, Estonia, Professor Barnsby has participated in scholarly panels and lectured on various subjects at Harvard Law School, The University of Texas School of Law, The University of Pennsylvania Law School, Emory Law School, Santa Clara University School of Law, Pace Law School, Syracuse University, the Central Intelligence Agency, the California Eastern District Judicial Conference, Cyber Conferences in both Estonia and Washington, D.C., and at multiple Federal Bar Association, American Bar Association, and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) workshops throughout the United States.  

A West Point graduate, Professor Barnsby earned his J.D. at William & Mary Law School, where he was Executive Editor of the William & Mary Law Review. He retired from the United States Army as a Lieutenant Colonel after twenty years of service as both a Military Intelligence and JAG Corps Officer. As a military law practitioner, he served as the lead Detention Operations Legal Advisor and ICRC Liaison for U.S. forces in Afghanistan; Chief Prosecutor at Fort Drum, New York; and Chief of Administrative & Civil Law at XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, among other key positions.