Kathleen Claussen Visiting Professor of Law

Areas of Expertise

Trade and investment law, dispute settlement and procedure, international contracts and issues in cross-border business transactions, national security


J.D., Yale Law School

M.A., Queen's University Belfast (Mitchell Scholar)

B.A., Indiana University (Wells Scholar)


Kathleen Claussen is an associate professor at the University of Miami School of Law and will visit at W&L Law in the spring. Professor Claussen's primary scholarly interests include trade and investment law, dispute settlement and procedure, international contracts and issues in cross-border business transactions, national security including cybersecurity law, and federalism and conflict of laws. Prior to joining the Miami Law faculty in 2017, Professor Claussen was Associate General Counsel at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the Executive Office of the President. There, she represented the United States in trade dispute proceedings and served as a legal advisor for the United States in international trade negotiations. She also worked on economic security issues on behalf of USTR at the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force.

Professor Claussen's work has appeared or is forthcoming in the print or online editions of the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the Cardozo Law Review, the Yale Journal of International Law, the American Journal of International Law, and the Journal of International Economic Law, among others. In fall 2019, she is in-residence as a Senior Fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center Institute of International Economic Law. She has been a Brandon Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge's Lauterpacht Centre for International Law; a visiting scholar at the University of Copenhagen's Centre of Excellence for International Courts; a visiting researcher at the World Trade Institute; and, an invited seminar leader at the George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies. In 2018, Professor Claussen was one of eleven scholars selected to present research at the Melbourne/Nottingham/NYU Junior International Law Faculty Forum. Her work on cross-border ethical issues in international commercial arbitration was awarded the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution Paper Prize.

Professor Claussen holds a number of leadership positions within international law and arbitration professional associations. Among other activities, in 2018, she served as co-chair of the 112th American Society of International Law (ASIL) Annual Meeting. She is co-chair of the ASIL International Economic Law Interest Group, and serves on the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. Professor Claussen has blogged at Lawfare, the International Economic Law & Policy Blog, and Opinio Juris, and been featured on or consulted as an expert for various media outlets including Marketplace, CNBC, and the Financial Times.

Earlier in her career, Professor Claussen was Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague where she advised on disputes between countries, and on investment and commercial arbitrations involving countries and international organizations. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable David F. Hamilton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. At Yale, Professor Claussen served on the board of the Yale Law Journal and was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of International Law. She was awarded the Jerome Sayles Hess Fund Prize for excellence in international law and the Howard M. Holtzmann Fellowship in international dispute resolution.

Recent Publications

Trade Administration, 107 VA. L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2021).

Trade's Security Exceptionalism, 72 STAN. L. REV. __ (forthcoming 2020).

Reimagining Trade-Plus Compliance: The Labor Story, 23 J. INT'L ECON. L. __ (forthcoming 2020) (peer reviewed).

The International Claims Trade, 41 CARDOZO L. REV. __ (forthcoming, 2019).

Forgotten Statutes: Trade Law's Domestic (Re)turn, 112 AM. J. INT'L L. UNBOUND 40 (2019) (invited contribution).

Old Wine in New Bottles? The Trade Rule of Law, 44 YALE J. INT'L L. ONLINE 61 (2019) (invited contribution).