Donald C. Clarke

Portrait of Donald C. Clarke
Title:
David Weaver Research Professor of Law
Address:
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
Phone:
202-994-2830
Fax:
202-994-5654
Email:
[email protected]
Website:
http://docs.law.gwu.edu/facweb/dclarke/

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.

Publications

Education

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

In the News

“Beijing Digs In: Canada's Complaints Are Met With 'Death-Threat Diplomacy' From China’’

January 18, 2019
Donald C. Clarke is quoted by CBC News about how Robert Schellenberg's death sentence is part of China's new aggressiveness.

“China Issues Stern Rebuke to Canada”

January 15, 2019

Donald C. Clarke speaks to CTV News Channel about a Canadian man who has been sentenced to death in China for drug smuggling.

“China Sentenced a Canadian Man to Death in the Latest Escalation of the Countries’ Feud Over Huawei’’

January 15, 2019

Donald C. Clarke is quoted by Business Insider about how China views holding human hostages as an acceptable way to conduct diplomacy.

“Huawei Founder Denies His Firm Spies For China”

January 15, 2019
Donald C. Clarke is quoted by NPR about Ren Zhengfei's assertions that his company would refuse to hand over user information to the government.

“Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg Risks Death Penalty in China as Drug Smuggling Retrial Begins”

January 14, 2019
Donald C. Clarke is quoted by the South China Morning Post about the retrial in China of a Canadian man on drug smuggling charges.