Donald C. Clarke

Donald Clarke
David Weaver Research Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Donald C. Clarke, a specialist in Chinese law, joined the law school faculty in spring 2005 after teaching at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, as well as practicing for three years at a major international firm with a large China practice. 

He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and has published extensively in journals such as the China Quarterly and American Journal of Comparative Law on subjects ranging from Chinese criminal law and procedure to corporate governance. His recent research has focused on Chinese legal institutions and the legal issues presented by China’s economic reforms. 

In addition to his academic work on Chinese law, Professor Clarke founded and maintains Chinalaw (formerly Chinese Law Net), the leading Internet listserv on Chinese law, writes the Chinese Law Prof Blog, is a co-editor of Asian Law Abstracts on the Social Science Research Network, and has often served as an expert witness on matters of Chinese law. Professor Clarke also speaks and reads Japanese and has published translations of Japanese legal scholarship in Law in Japan. 

He is a member of the New York Bar and the Council on Foreign Relations.



BA, Princeton University; MSc, University of London; JD, Harvard University

In the News

“Lone Wolf: The West Should Bide its Time, Friendless China is in Trouble’’

July 10, 2020

Donald C. Clarke is quoted in The Sydney Morning-Herald about the intent of China’s new national security law for Hong Kong.

“With new security law, China outlaws global activism’’

July 07, 2020

Donald C. Clarke is quoted in Axios about the intent of China's new national security law for Hong Kong.

"In Hong Kong, China Threatens to Snuff Out Press Freedom"

July 03, 2020

Donald C. Clarke discussed on "Voice of America" China’s national security law and its effect on freedom of the press in Hong Kong.

"What’s in Hong Kong’s New National-Security Law?’’

July 02, 2020

Donald C. Clarke is quoted in The Wall Street Journal about China’s new national security law for Hong Kong.

"Has China-Hong Kong 'One Country, Two Systems' Ended?"

July 01, 2020

Donald C. Clarke discussed on "Bloomberg Markets: Asia" China's new national security law for Hong Kong.