Perhaps the most useful function for a foreword to a symposium on the "Limits of Public Law" would be to explain what is meant by "public law." If there is more than one sense of a distinction between "public law" and "private law," identifying which sense is being used in a particular instance should reduce confusion. As it turns out, there are four different ways to distinguish between public law and private law that are relevant to this Symposium.
Randy E. Barnett, Four Senses of the Public Law-Private Law Distinction, Foreword to the “Symposium on the Limits of Public Law,” 9 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 267 (1986).
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Barnett, Randy E., "Four Senses of the Public Law-Private Law Distinction" (1986). Georgetown Law Faculty Publications and Other Works. 1550.