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Samantha Barbas

Professor of Law
University at Buffalo School of Law


Mass media law, libel, privacy, freedom of the press

Head shot of Samantha Barbas.

Samantha Barbas can speak to the media about libel law, privacy and freedom of the press.

Her most recent book, "Actual Malice: Civil Rights and Freedom of the Press in New York Times v. Sullivan," (University of California Press, 2023) is "a detailed examination of . . . the landmark 1964 Supreme Court decision that defined libel laws and increased protections for journalists," according to The New York Times Book Review.

Previously, she has written articles and books on libel and privacy law, including "Laws of Image: Privacy and Publicity in America" (Stanford University Press, 2015) and "Newsworthy: The Supreme Court Battle Over Privacy and Press Freedom" (Stanford University Press, 2017).

Barbas has spoken to news outlets from The New York Times to  The Washington Post about high-profile libel and privacy cases, including Hulk Hogan’s privacy suit against Gawker, the Rolling Stone libel case, and Donald Trump’s threatened libel lawsuit against The New York Times. 


Samantha Barbas, JD, PhD
Professor of Law
University at Buffalo School of Law