J. Peter Byrne


Faculty Director; Georgetown Environmental Law and Policy Institute; Faculty Director, Georgetown State-Federal Climate Resource Center, John Hampton Baumgartner, Jr. Professor of Real Property Law

B.A., Northwestern; M.A., J.D., University of Virginia

Areas of Expertise:

Constitutional Law, Education Law, Environmental Law, Property

Professor Byrne joined the Law Center faculty in 1985. After graduation from the University of Virginia law school, he served as a law clerk to...

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Professor Byrne joined the Law Center faculty in 1985. After graduation from the University of Virginia law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Frank Coffin and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell and then worked as an associate with the D.C. firm of Covington & Burling. He teaches and writes in the areas of Property, Land Use, Constitutional Law, and Higher Education Law and Policy. He served as Associate Dean for the JD Program from 1997 to 2000. He was John Carroll Research Professor in 1996-97.

Recent Scholarship

Books

  • J. Peter Byrne & Sara C. Bronin, Historic Preservation Law (New York: Thomson Reuters/Foundation Press 2012).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • J. Peter Byrne & Kathryn A. Zyla, Climate Exactions, 75 Md. L. Rev. 758-786 (2016).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • J. Peter Byrne, Precipice Regulations and Perverse Incentives: Comparing Historic Preservation Designation and Endangered Species Listing, 27 Geo. Int'l Envtl. L. Rev. 343-392 (2015).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • J. Peter Byrne, The Social Value of Academic Freedom Defended, 91 Ind. L.J. 5-16 (2015).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • J. Peter Byrne, The Rebirth of the Neighborhood, 40 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1595-1609 (2013).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
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All Scholarship 1985 - Present

Books

  • J. Peter Byrne & Sara C. Bronin, Historic Preservation Law (New York: Thomson Reuters/Foundation Press 2012).    [BOOK]

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

  • J. Peter Byrne & Kathryn A. Zyla, Climate Exactions, 75 Md. L. Rev. 758-786 (2016).    [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • J. Peter Byrne, Precipice Regulations and Perverse Incentives: Comparing Historic Preservation Designation and Endangered Species Listing, 27 Geo. Int'l Envtl. L. Rev. 343-392 (2015).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • J. Peter Byrne, The Social Value of Academic Freedom Defended, 91 Ind. L.J. 5-16 (2015).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • J. Peter Byrne, The Rebirth of the Neighborhood, 40 Fordham Urb. L.J. 1595-1609 (2013).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • J. Peter Byrne, Historic Preservation and Its Cultured Despisers: Reflections on the Contemporary Role of Preservation Law in Urban Development, 19 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 665-688 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • J. Peter Byrne, The Cathedral Engulfed: Sea-Level Rise, Property Rights, and Time, 73 La. L. Rev. 69-118 (2012).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • J. Peter Byrne, Judge, 63 Me. L. Rev. 510-512 (2011).    [HEIN] [W]
  • J. Peter Byrne, Stop the Stop the Beach Plurality!, 38 Ecology L.Q. 619-637 (2011).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law] [WWW]
  • J. Peter Byrne, Rising Seas and Common Law Baselines: A Comment on Regulatory Takings Discourse Concerning Climate Change, 11 Vt. J. Envtl. L. 625-642 (2010).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • J. Peter Byrne, Hallowed Ground: The Gettysburg Battlefield in Historic Preservation Law, 22 Tul. Envtl. L.J. 203-269 (2009).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • J. Peter Byrne, Neo-orthodoxy in Academic Freedom, 88 Tex. L. Rev. 143-170 (2009) (reviewing Matthew W. Finkin & Robert C. Post, For the Common Good: Principles of American Academic Freedom (2009) & Stanley Fish, Save the World on Your Own Time (2008)).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • J. Peter Byrne & Michael Diamond, Affordable Housing, Land Tenure, and Urban Policy: The Matrix Revealed, 34 Fordham Urb. L.J. 527-610 (2007).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • J. Peter Byrne, Due Process Land Use Claims After Lingle, 34 Ecology L.Q. 471-492 (2007).    [HEIN] [W] [SSRN] [Gtown Law]
  • J. Peter Byrne, Constitutional Academic Freedom After Grutter: Getting Real About the "Four Freedoms" of a University, 77 U. Colo. L. Rev. 929-953 (2006).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • J. Peter Byrne, Property and Environment: Thoughts on an Evolving Relationship, 28 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 679-689 (2005).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • J. Peter Byrne, Condemnation of Low Income Residential Communities Under the Takings Clause, 23 UCLA J. Envtl. L. & Pol'y 131-169 (2005).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • J. Peter Byrne, Regulatory Takings Challenges to Historic Preservation Laws After Penn Central, 15 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 313-334 (2004).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • J. Peter Byrne, The Threat to Constitutional Academic Freedom, 31 J.C. & U.L. 79-142 (2004).    [W] [Gtown Law]
  • J. Peter Byrne, Rhetoric and Realities of Gentrification: Reply to Powell and Spencer, 46 How. L.J. 491-497 (2003).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • J. Peter Byrne, Two Cheers for Gentrification, 46 How. L.J. 405-432 (2003).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • J. Peter Byrne, Judicial Activism in the Regulatory Takings Opinions of Justice Scalia, 1 Geo. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 93-97 (2002).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]
  • J. Peter Byrne, Academic Freedom of Part-Time Faculty, 27 J.C. & U.L. 583-593 (2001).    [W] [Gtown Law]
  • J. Peter Byrne, Regulatory Takings and "Judicial Supremacy", 51 Ala. L. Rev. 949-961 (2000).    [HEIN] [W] [Gtown Law]

Book Chapters and Collected Works

  • J. Peter Byrne & Jessica Grannis, Coastal Retreat Measures, in The Law of Adaptation to Climate Change: U.S. and International Aspects 267-306 (Michael B. Gerrard & Katrina Fischer Kuh eds., Chicago: American Bar Association 2012).    [BOOK]
  • J. Peter Byrne, The Public Nature of Property Rights and the Property Nature of Public Law, in The Public Nature of Private Property 1-12 (Michael Diamond & Robin Paul Malloy eds., Farnham, U.K.: Ashgate 2011).    [BOOK]

U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

  • Brief of Environmental Law Professors as Amici Curiae in Support of Respondents, American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut, No. 10-174 (U.S. Mar. 18, 2011).   
  • Brief of the National League of Cities, National Conference of State Legislatures, U.S. Conference of Mayors, Council of State Governments, National Association of Counties, International Municipal Lawyers Association and International City/County Management Association as Amici Curiae Supporting Respondents, Kelo v. New London, No. 04-108 (U.S. Jan. 21, 2005).    [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Petition for a Writ of Certiorari, Cayetano v. Chevron USA, Inc., No. 00-1198 (U.S. Jan. 24, 2000).    [W] [Gtown Law]
  • Brief of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Council of State Governments, International City/County Management Association, National Association of Counties, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Institute of Municipal Law Officers and National League of Cities as Amici Curiae Supporting Respondents, Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council, No. 91-453 (U.S. Feb. 3, 1992).    [W]
  • Brief of the American Council on Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges and the Federation of State Medical Boards as Amici Curiae Supporting Petitioner, Regents of the University of Michigan v. Ewing, No. 84-1273 (U.S. June 5, 1985).    [W]

Congressional Testimony

  • Protecting Private Property Rights From Regulatory Takings: Hearing on H.R. 925 Before the H. Subcomm. on the Constitution of the H. Comm. on the Judiciary, 104th Cong., Feb. 10, 1995 (Statement of J. Peter Byrne) (CIS-No.: 96-H521-25).   
  • H.R. 1845: The National Biological Survey Act of 1993: Hearing Before the H. Subcomm. on Tech., Env't & Aviation of the H. Comm. on Sci., Space & Tech., 103d Cong., Sept. 14, 1993 (Statement of J. Peter Byrne) (CIS-No.: 94-H701-1).   
  • Private Property Protection Act of 1993: Hearing on H.R. 561 Before the H. Subcomm. on Dep't. Operations & Nutrition of the H. Comm. on Agric., 103d Cong., Nov. 3, 1993 (Statement of J. Peter Byrne) (CIS-No.: 94-H161-25).   
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In the News

Ilya Somin announced in The Washington Post, on Feburary 27, 2017, his upcoming engagements, including a March 17, 2017 debate with Professor J. Peter Byrne and a conference with Dean William Treanor on June 4, 2017.

"Miami-Dade Could Ask Developers to Pay for Climate Change Costs," coverage in Miami New Times, July 6, 2016, quoting Professor Peter Byrne and referencing a 2016 paper he co-wrote.

"Signs of rebellion? Renwick Gallery is flouting signage rules, groups contend," coverage in The Washington Post, December 23, 2015, featuring Professor J. Peter Byrne.

"Signs of rebellion? Renwick Gallery is flouting signage rules, groups contend," coverage in The Washington Post, December 23, 2015, featuring Professor J. Peter Byrne.

"New Proposal to Expand Downtown Historic District Will Impact Chinatown," coverage in Asian Fortune, May 10, 2013, featuring Associate Dean J. Peter Byrne.

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Ilya Somin announced in The Washington Post, on Feburary 27, 2017, his upcoming engagements, including a March 17, 2017 debate with Professor J. Peter Byrne and a conference with Dean William Treanor on June 4, 2017.

"Miami-Dade Could Ask Developers to Pay for Climate Change Costs," coverage in Miami New Times, July 6, 2016, quoting Professor Peter Byrne and referencing a 2016 paper he co-wrote.

"Signs of rebellion? Renwick Gallery is flouting signage rules, groups contend," coverage in The Washington Post, December 23, 2015, featuring Professor J. Peter Byrne.

"Signs of rebellion? Renwick Gallery is flouting signage rules, groups contend," coverage in The Washington Post, December 23, 2015, featuring Professor J. Peter Byrne.

"New Proposal to Expand Downtown Historic District Will Impact Chinatown," coverage in Asian Fortune, May 10, 2013, featuring Associate Dean J. Peter Byrne.

"Coastal Retreat a Long-Term Option for New York City," coverage in the Epoch Times, April 4, 2013, featuring Associate Dean J. Peter Byrne.

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