College of Law

D. Benjamin Barros

D. Benjamin Barros

Dean and Professor of Law

Office: LC 2000A
Campus Phone: 419.530.2379; Fax: 419.530.4526
Executive Assistant: Derek Dickerson, 419.530.7877

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D. Benjamin Barros joined the College of Law as Dean in July 2015. He teaches and writes in the areas of Property Law and Theory, Regulatory Takings, Property Law Reform, and the Philosophy of Science. He is the founding editor of the Journal of Law, Property, and Society, and in 2015, he released a casebook on property law with Aspen/Wolters Kluwer. Dean Barros was one of the youngest educators to serve on the executive committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) and has served as chair of the AALS Property Section as well as president of the Association for Law, Property, and Society.

Previously the associate dean of academic affairs and professor of law at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, Pa., Dean Barros practiced as a litigator before teaching. Immediately after graduating from law school, Barros clerked for Judge Milton Pollack of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He then worked at the law firms of Latham & Watkins LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton, both in New York City.

Dean Barros graduated from Fordham University School of Law (1996), where he was an editorial board member on the Fordham Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Colgate University (1991) and a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Maryland (2013).

Recent Publications

Books & Book Chapters

Property (Aspen/Wolters Kluwer, 2014) (with Anna Hemingway).

Hernando de Soto and Property in a Market Economy (2010) (edited volume).

Articles & Essays

Negative Causation in Causal and Mechanistic Explanation, 190 Synthese 449 (2013).

Easements, Necessity, and the Role of Legal Change in Judicial Takings Claims, 21 Widener L.J. 797 (2012).

The Complexities of Judicial Takings, 45 U. Rich. L. Rev. 903 (2011) reprinted in Zoning and Planning Law Handbook 2012 (Thomson West).

The Biology of Possession, 20 Widener L.J. 291 (2011).

Toward a Model Law of Estates and Future Interests, 66 Washington & Lee Law Review 3 (2009).

Last Updated: 6/27/22