Kathleen Claussen

Associate Professor of Law

J.D., Yale Law School
M.A., Queen's University Belfast (Mitchell Scholar)
B.A., Indiana University (Wells Scholar)

Phone: 305-284-6646
Office: G-470

Professor Claussen’s primary scholarly interests include trade and investment law, dispute settlement and procedure, international contracts and issues in cross-border business transactions, national security including cybersecurity law, and federalism and conflict of laws. Prior to joining the Miami Law faculty in 2017, Professor Claussen was Associate General Counsel at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the Executive Office of the President. There, she represented the United States in trade dispute proceedings and served as a legal advisor for the United States in international trade negotiations.

Professor Claussen has published in the print or online editions of the Yale Law Journal, the Minnesota Law Review, the American Journal of International Law, and the Yale Journal of International Law, among others. She has been a Brandon Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Lauterpacht Centre for International Law; a visiting scholar at the University of Copenhagen’s Centre of Excellence for International Courts; a visiting assistant professor at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law; and, an invited seminar leader at the George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies. In 2018, Professor Claussen was one of eleven scholars selected to present research at the Melbourne/Nottingham/NYU Junior International Law Faculty Forum. Her work on cross-border ethical issues in international commercial arbitration was awarded the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution Paper Prize.

Professor Claussen holds a number of leadership positions within international law and arbitration professional associations. Among other activities, in 2018, she served as co-chair of the 112th American Society of International Law (ASIL) Annual Meeting. She is co-chair elect of the ASIL International Economic Law Interest Group, and serves on the Academic Council of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration. Professor Claussen has blogged at Lawfare, the International Economic Law & Policy Blog, and Opinio Juris, and been featured on or consulted as an expert for various media outlets including Marketplace, CNBC, and the Financial Times.

Earlier in her career, Professor Claussen was Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague where she advised on disputes between countries, and on investment and commercial arbitrations involving countries and international organizations. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable David F. Hamilton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. At Yale, Professor Claussen served on the board of the Yale Law Journal and was Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Journal of International Law. She was awarded the Jerome Sayles Hess Fund Prize for excellence in international law and the Howard M. Holtzmann Fellowship in international dispute resolution.


The Other Trade War, __ MINN. L. REV. HEADNOTES __ (forthcoming, 2018).

Separation of Trade Law Powers, 43 YALE J. INT’L L. 315 (2018).

Dispute Settlement Under the Next Generation of Free Trade Agreements, 46 GA J. INT’L & COMP. L. 611 (2018) (invited contribution for symposium on “The Next Generation of Trade Agreements").

Gatekeeper Secretariats, in Cambridge Studies on International Courts and Tribunals (ed. Freya Baetens) (forthcoming, 2018) (peer reviewed).

The Evolution of State Recognition with the Growth of International Economic Law, in Liber Amicorum for Lea Brilmayer (eds. Chiara Giorgetti & Natalie Klein) (forthcoming, 2019).

The Future of Mega Regional Agreements: Stocktaking and Glimpsing at Trade Law’s Next Generation, in Proceedings of the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Society of International Law 92 (2018).

Tipping Point Challenges in International Economic Disputes, 16 L. & PRAC. OF INT’L CTS. & TRIBUNALS 61 (2018) (peer reviewed).

Phone: 305-284-6646
Office: G-470
Faculty Assistant

Demmings, Sue

Phone: 305-284-4442
Office: G463

Area of Expertise

  • International Arbitration
  • International Business and Trade Law
  • International Law