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.
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
USD awarded Claus a University Professorship in 2013-14. He received the Herzog Endowed Scholar Award in 2007 and 2011, and won USD’s Thorsnes Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship in 2008 and 2013.
Claus’ publications include “Law's Evolution and Human Understanding” in volume 51 San Diego Law Review 953 (2014); 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).