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.



Sara C. Bronin & J. Peter Byrne, Historic Preservation Law (St. Paul, Minn.: Foundation Press 2d ed. 2021).

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

J. Peter Byrne, Cultural Property: “Progressive Property in Action”, 10 Tex. A&M J. Prop. L. 1-37 (2024). [WWW] [Gtown Law] [W] [SSRN]
J. Peter Byrne, The Freedmen’s Memorial to Lincoln: A Postscript to Stone Monuments and Flexible Laws, 71 Fla. L. Rev. F. 279-287 (2021).
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U.S. Supreme Court Briefs

Brief Amicus Curiae of Property Law Professors in Support of Respondents, Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, No. 20-107 (U.S. Feb. 11, 2021).

Book Chapters & Collected Works

Anne-Marie Carstens & J. Peter Byrne, Heritage Suspension: Law on Public Emergencies, in The Routledge Handbook of Heritage and the Law 348-368 (Lucas Lixinski & Lucie K. Morisset eds., New York: Routledge 2024).