Claire Wright

Claire Wright
Emeritus Faculty
J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude;
B.A., Smith College, summa cum laude
General Course, London School of Economics and Political Science

Prior to joining the TJSL faculty, Professor Wright was a partner at the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie, where she practiced both real estate and international trade law. She also was a partner at the consulting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. At Ernst & Young LLP, Professor Wright directed the firm’s World Trade Organization (WTO) Center, where she advised a large number of countries and companies regarding WTO issues. Professor Wright has special expertise in matters involving Mexico and China and she often teaches a trade law course in TJSL’s summer program at Zhejiang University (Guanghua) School of Law in Hangzhou, China. During the summer of 2011, she taught a course titled Reconciling Cultural Diversity and Free Trade in the Global Economy in TJSL’s summer program at the University of Nice School of Law in Nice, France. She has also taught WTO law at both Stanford Law School and the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego.

She is a member of a committee of the American Law Institute which publishes a review of the cases decided each year by the Appellate Body of the WTO. Professor Wright was a law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, where she worked primarily for then-Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She has worked on a variety of human rights matters for Amnesty International and she has spoken and published widely on issues involving international trade, the WTO, U.S.-China relations, U.S.-Mexico relations, international trade in cultural products and media services, urban policies and human rights.

Courses include:

International Trade and Developing Countries, Legal Writing, Property, World Trade Organization Law, World Trade Organization Law and China.

Articles, Book Chapters, And Article-Length Works

Blueprint for Survival: A New Paradigm for International Environmental Emergencies, 29 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 221 (2017), available at

A New Theory of Jurisprudence: The China Practical Rule of Law School of Thought, China School of Rule of Law Practice (Journal of Zhejiang University) (forthcoming 2017)

Torture at Home: Borrowing from the Torture Convention to Define Domestic Violence, 24 Hastings Women's Law Journal 457 (2013)

Censoring the Censors in the WTO: Reconciling the Communitarian and Human Rights Theories of International Law, 3 J. Int’l Media & Entertainment Law 17 (2010)

Toward a New Cultural Exemption in the WTO, in Multiculturalism and International Law: Essays in Honour of Edward McWhinney 649 (Sienho Yee & Jacques-Yvan Morin eds., 2009)

Reconciling Cultural Diversity and Free Trade in the Digital Age: A Cultural Analysis of the International Trade in Content Items, 41 Akron L. Rev. 399 (2008)

Hollywood's Disappearing Act: International Trade Remedies to Bring Hollywood Home, 39 Akron L. Rev. 739 (2006)

Technology Export Rules are Elusive, The National L. J., March 22, 1999 (co-authored with Michael Roybal)

International Protection of Human Rights and the Evolution of the Principle of Non-Refoulement, San Francisco Barrister L. J., Vol. 7, No. 3, Bar Association of San Francisco, April 1988

Flaws in the Interpretation of INA Section 101(a)(42) and in the Denial of Refugee Status to Cambodians in Thailand, 2 Geo. Immigr. L.J. 87 (1987) (co-authored with Steven J. Golub)

Urban Conditions, chapter in Federal Grants and Urban Policies (with James W. Fossett and Claire C. Osborn) (University of Texas Press, March-April 1980)

Richard P. Nathan and James W. Fossett, with the assistance of Claire C. Osborn, Urban Conditions: Implications for Federal Policy, Commentary, National Council for Urban Economic Development, Vol. 3, No. 1, Washington, D.C. April 1979

Moderator of panel entitled Protecting and Enforcement of IP Rights at seminar entitled Expanding into Global Markets through Transborder Licensing, California Western School of Law, San Diego, California, Mar. 27, 2010

Reconciling Cultural Diversity and Free Trade, George Washington University School of Law, Nov. 2, 2009

Torture at Home: Borrowing from the Torture Convention to Define Verbal and Psychological Abuse, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, Feb. 27, 2009

Will the New Democratic Congress Change U.S. Trade Policy? Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, Jan.16, 2007

Screen Quotas, Subsidies and the Promotion of National Films, Korean Legal Studies Summer Program, Columbia Law School, New York City, New York, July 13, 2006

Moderator and panelist, EU Trade Issues in the Doha Round at World Trade Update, annual seminar of California Council on International Trade, Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego, Feb. 23, 2005

Moderator and panelist, The Practice of International Law, sponsored by International Law Section of California State Bar, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, fall 2004

Trade Issues in the Presidential Election and the Outlook for the WTO, Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California, Sept. 22, 2004

The Outlook for the WTO, University of Nice Law School, Nice, France, July 26, 2004

Is China Meeting its New WTO Commitments? World Affairs Council, Rancho Bernardo, California, Feb. 26, 2004

China and the WTO: Two Years Later, China Executive Series, Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California, San Diego, Feb. 26, 2004

The Role of Multilaterals in China Today, Moderator and Presenter at China Update annual seminar, Harvard China Review, Harvard Business School, Apr. 12, 2003

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty is highly prolific in the field of legal scholarship and our professors are in demand as speakers and panelists at legal events in the U.S. and abroad.

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