Laurence Claus

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

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.

Key Works

Claus' publications include “Law's Evolution and Human Understanding” in 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).

Fall 2017 Classes

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Contact Information

WH 308F
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-5933

Online Resources

Publications on SSRN


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(619) 260-6843

Open Office Hours

Day of Week Time
Mon 3:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Wed 3:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.