Faculty Biography

Laurence Claus

University Professor
Professor of Law

  • DPhil, 1998, University of Oxford
  • LLB, 1991, University of Queensland
  • BEcon, 1987, University of Queensland

Areas of Expertise

Professor Claus teaches constitutional law, comparative constitutional law, and contracts. He writes about public law and legal theory.

Professional Experience

Claus clerked for distinguished jurists in Australia and for the Honorable Frank H. Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He served for three years at the U.S. Embassy in London for the Office of Foreign Litigation, U.S. Department of Justice.

Honors and Affiliations

Claus was awarded USD’s highest academic honor, the University Professorship, in 2013-14. He received Herzog Endowed Scholar Award in 2007 and 2011, and won USD’s Thorsnes Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship in 2008 and 2013.

Key Works

Claus’ publications include Law’s Evolution and Human Understanding (Oxford University Press, 2012); "The Empty Idea of Authority" in 2009 University of Illinois Law Review 1301 (2009); "The One Court That Congress Cannot Take Away: Singularity Supremacy, and Article III" in 96 Georgetown Law Journal 59 (2007); and "Montesquieu’s Mistakes and the True Meaning of Separation" in 25 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 419 (2005).

Spring 2014 Classes

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Contact Information

WH 308F
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-5933
lclaus@sandiego.edu

Online Resources

Publications on SSRN

Assistant

Arlene Penticoff
(619) 260-4793
apenticoff@sandiego.edu