Mark Barenberg

Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law; Co-Director, Program on Labor Law and Policy

Office: Columbia Law School
435 West 116th Street
New York NY 10027
Tel: (212) 854-2260
Fax: (212) 854-7946

Assistant Info

Name: Laura Miller
Phone: 212-854-0617
Courses/Current Research
  • Labor and employment law
  • International labor rights
  • Constitutional law
  • Global economic institutions
  • Legal and political theory
  • Employment discrimination
  • Democracy and law
  • Foundations of the regulatory state


  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1982
  • Harvard, University, graduate study in economics and history, 1978-79
  • London School of Economics, M.Sc., 1978
  • Harvard College, B.A., 1977

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B.A., Harvard, 1977 (summa cum laude); M.Sc., London School of Economics, 1978 (highest honors); J.D., Harvard, 1982 (magna cum laude). Editor, Harvard Law Review. Harvard, Graduate study in economics and history. Taught social theory, comparative economic history, and labor relations at Harvard University, 1979-82. Law clerk to Eugene H. Nickerson, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of New York, 1982-83. Practiced in the areas of labor, constitutional, and international law at the firm Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman. Joined the Columbia faculty in 1987. Visiting professor, Yale, 1997, Peking, 1995. Visiting Fellow, European University Institute, 2009. Principal areas of interest are labor and employment law, international labor rights, constitutional law, global economic institutions, legal and political theory. Publications include: The Political Economy of the Wagner Act (1993); Democracy and Domination in Labor Law (1994); A Critical Mapping of the Law of "Social Dumping": Lessons from U.S. Federalism (1996); Labor Law and the New Global Economy (1997); Empirical Studies of Employee Involvement Programs: A Critique (1998); Constitutional Constraints on Redistribution (1999); Legal Consequences of China's Entry into the W.T.O. (2000); Coordinated Decentralization in Supranational Labor Regimes (2001); Private Monitoring of Labor Rights in Global Supply Chains: Three Case Studies (2001-02); Enforcement of International Labor Rights in U.S. Law (2002); Workers: The Past and Future of Labor Law Scholarship (2003); The Impact of the Free Trade Area of the Americas on Democratic Governance (2004); Corporate Social Responsibility and Labor Rights in US-Based Corporations (2007); Legitimacy and Capacity in Private Labor Monitoring (2008). Principal draftsperson of many federal, state, and local laws regulating labor conditions in companies supplying U.S. manufacturers and governments. Member, International Commission on Labor Rights; Law and Society Association; and Labor and Employment Relations Association. Independent Expert, International Labor Organization. Director, Worker Rights Consortium. Chairperson, Workforce Investment Network.