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

"Fountain Hills Woman Detained for 3 Months by Chinese Authorities in Shanghai"

December 03, 2019

Donald C. Clarke is quoted by the Arizona Republic on the difficulty of defining "crime of provocation" in Chinese law.

“China Intercepts WeChat Texts From US And Abroad, Researcher Says"

August 29, 2019

Donald C. Clarke is quoted by NPR on China's control over technology companies in its country.

"Of Cell Phones and Seed Prices: The Chinese Legal System in Theory And Practice"

June 21, 2019

Donald C. Clarke appeared on ChinaEconTalk to discuss the Chinese legal system and legal ownership of Huawei Technology Co., Ltd.

"Trump's Huawei Ban Escalates the US-China Trade War Into a Tech Cold War"

May 17, 2019

Donald C. Clarke is quoted by Business Insider regarding his co-authored paper about who controls Chinese technology company Huawei.

"Only One Way with Huawei - Don't Let It Control 5G"

April 30, 2019
Donald C. Clarke is mentioned in The Hill for his paper concluding heavy government involvement with Chinese telecom company Huawei.