In Outrageous Invasions: Celebrities' Private Lives, Media, and the Law, Professor Robin D. Barnes examines the role and nature of privacy in Western democracies. Celebrities are routinely subjected to stalking, harassment, invasion of privacy, and defamation. These occurrences are often violations of their constitutional rights. Professor Barnes addresses growing concerns about the widespread immunity from liability enjoyed by United States tabloid
publishers. Outrageous Invasions chronicles these experiences and the legal battles waged by celebrities in both the United States and European Union against a press corps that continuously invades their private lives.
Professor Barnes analyzes doctrinal developments in cases from the United States Supreme Court and the High Courts of Europe. These cases demonstrate that American celebrities are entitled to, but not receiving, the same protections as their European counterparts. In Outrageous Invasions, Professor Barnes explains the value of the rights of the individual to democratic nations. She notes the importance of insuring appropriate protection for freedom of expression and
associational freedom through meaningful regulation in the instances when speech rights collide with equally important values such as privacy and equality.
Robin D. Barnes is a tenured professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, where she teaches advanced courses in Constitutional Law and Theory. Professor Barnes graduated with honors from the University of Buffalo Faculty of Law and Jurisprudence in the top 10% of her class. She received an LL.M. in Constitutional Theory from the University of Wisconsin School of Law, where she began her career as a William H. Hastie Fellow in the 1990s.
Her most widely cited publications appear in the Yale, Columbia, and Harvard Law Reviews. Her work has been cited and praised in over 250 legal journals. 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, information privacy, and political freedom.