Donald C. Clarke

Professor of Law

Home Institution, George Washington University School of Law

LAPA Fellow, 2020-2021

LAPA Fellow

Donald Clarke is a specialist in the law of the People’s Republic of China, focusing particularly on corporate governance, Chinese legal institutions, and the legal issues presented by China’s economic reforms. In addition to his academic work, he founded and maintains Chinalaw, the leading internet listserv on Chinese law, writes The China Collection blog, and is a co-editor of Asian Law Abstracts on the Social Science Research Network. He has also served as an expert witness on Chinese law matters in a number of legal cases, and has advised organizations such as the Asian Development Bank, the Agency for International Development, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Public Company Accounting and Oversight Board, and the Department of Justice. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to his current position, he was on the faculty of the School of Oriental & African Studies of the University of London and the University of Washington School of Law.  He has been a visiting professor at New York University Law School, UCLA School of Law, and Duke Law School. Professor Clarke holds an A.B. degree from Princeton University, an M.Sc. degree from the School of Oriental & African Studies of the University of London, and a J.D. degree from Harvard. While at LAPA, he will work on a book project examining the interaction between the Chinese and American legal systems, and the ways in which the U.S. legal system does and should treat the outputs of the Chinese legal system.