Claire Wright

Visiting Professor of Law

Expertise:

Property, Remedies, Civil Procedure, Domestic Violence, Environmental, Immigration, International Trade, Legal Writing, Rule of Law, Trusts & Estates

Background:

Professor Wright’s scholarly writings focus on property, domestic violence, environmental, immigration, international, and trade law. Her scholarship has appeared in numerous books and journals, including the Akron Law Journal, the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, the Journal of International Media and Entertainment Law, the Hastings Women’s Law Journal, and the Fordham Environmental Law Review. Professor Wright is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), where she has worked primarily on the ALI’s World Trade Organization (WTO) Project.

She has been a visiting scholar at the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland on two occasions, and the Chinese Rule of Law Institute in Hangzhou, China. In addition, on numerous occasions, she has taught international law classes during the summer at the University of Nice Law School, in Nice, France, and at Zhejiang University (Guanghua) College of Law in Hangzhou, China.

Prior to commencing full-time teaching at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, in San Diego, California, in 2003, Professor Wright taught trade law as a lecturer at Stanford Law School in Stanford, California and as an adjunct at the University of California at San Diego in La Jolla, California. She has recently taught legal writing as an adjunct at University of San Diego School of Law and property and trusts & estates as a visiting professor at Western New England School of Law.

Thomas Jefferson awarded her tenure in 2010, and she has received numerous awards during her teaching career.  Prior to commencing full-time teaching at Thomas Jefferson, Professor Wright was a full partner at the law firm of Baker & McKenzie, where she practiced property and trade law for a number of years. In addition, she was a full partner and the Director of the WTO Center at the consulting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.

At Thomas Jefferson, Professor Wright established two innovative clinical programs, the Domestic Violence Project and the Trade Monitor Institute. The Domestic Violence Project provides pro bono legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, while the Trade Monitor Institute assisted developing countries to assert their rights in the WTO.

Following her graduation from law school, Professor Wright clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, primarily for then-Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Current Courses:

PropertyRemedies

  • Claire Wright, Blueprint for Survival: A New International Law Paradigm for Environmental Emergencies, 29 Fordham Envtl. L. Rev. 221 (2017).
  • Claire Wright, Torture at Home: Borrowing from the Torture Convention to Define Domestic Violence, 24 Hastings Women’s L. J. 457 (2013).
  • Claire Wright, Censoring the Censors in the WTO: Reconciling the Communitarian and Human Rights Theories of International Law, 3 J. Int’l Media & Ent. L. 17 (2010). The Journal of International Media & Entertainment Law (JIMEL) is a peer-reviewed publication of the Biederman Media and Entertainment Law Institute and the American Bar Association’s Forums on Communications Law and the Entertainment and Sports Industries.
  • Claire Wright, Confronting Domestic Violence Head On: The Role of Power in Domestic Relationships, 32 T. Jefferson L. Rev. 21 (2009). This symposium issue is dedicated to the Ninth Annual Women and the Law Conference entitled Confronting Domestic Violence Head On: The Role of Power in Domestic Relationship, which I coordinated.
  • Claire Wright, Toward a New Cultural Exemption in the WTO, chapter in MULTICULTURALISM   AND   INTERNATIONAL   LAW:   ESSAYS   IN   HONOUR OF EDWARD McWHINNEY 649-97
    • (Sienho Yee & Jacques-Yvan Morin, eds., Kominklijke Brill/Martinus Nijoff 2009).
  • Claire Wright, Reconciling Cultural Diversity and Free Trade in the Digital Age: A Cultural Analysis of International Trade in Content Items, 41 Akron L. Rev. 399 (2008) (reprinted in 2009-2010     ENTERTAINMENT,     PUBLISHING     AND     THE     ARTS  HANDBOOK (Thomson/ West 2009) as one of the best law review articles on a media subject).
  • Claire Wright, Hollywood’s Disappearing Act: International Trade Remedies to Bring Hollywood Home, 39 Akron L. Rev. 739 (2006) (reprinted in 2007-2008 ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLISHING AND THE ARTS HANDBOOK (Thomson/West 2007) as one of the best law review articles on a media subject).
  • Claire Osborn-Wright, International Protection of Human Rights and the Evolution of the Principle of Non-Refoulement, 7 San Francisco Barrister Law Journal 16, Bar Association of San Francisco (April 1988).
  • Steven J. Golub and Claire Osborn-Wright, Flaws in the Interpretation of INA Section 101(a)(42) and in the Denial of Refugee Status to Cambodians in Thailand, 2 Georgetown Immigration Law Journal 87 (1987).
  • Carol S. Osmond and Claire Wright, Regional: Customs: Marking Rule Changes Have Broad Implications, U.S. Mex. Free Trade Rep. (June 15, 1996), available at 1996 WL 10175465.
  • Carol S. Osmond and Claire Wright, The NAFTA Marking Rules of Origin, International Trade Regulation Report (January 1996), reprinted in Vol. 4:2 B&M LALDB 4/96, available at http://www.natlaw.com/pubs/spmxcu2.htm (last accessed September 18, 2006).
  • Claire Wright, ES TU DEBER! (Spanish translation of IT’S YOUR DUTY!: A U.S. Customs Law Primer (Baker & McKenzie 1996-2001)).
  • Claire Wright, GUIDE TO NAFTA VERIFICATION PROCEEDINGS (Baker & McKenzie 1996-2001).
  • Claire Wright, IT’S YOUR DUTY!: A U.S. Customs Law Primer (Baker & McKenzie 1994- 2001).
  • James W. Fossett and Claire C. Osborn, Urban Conditions, chapter in FEDERAL GRANTS AND URBAN POLICIES (University of Texas Press 1980).
  • James W. Fossett and Claire C. Osborn, Federal Grants in Large Sunbelt and Frostbelt Cities: An Overview, 54 Tex. Bus. Rev. 74 (1980).
  • Richard P. Nathan and James W. Fossett, with the assistance of Claire C. Osborn, Urban Conditions: Implications for Federal Policy, 3 Commentary Magazine 3, National Council for Urban Economic Development (April 1979).
  • Speaker presenting paper entitled The U.S. Implementation of the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation, sponsored by Triway, Inc. and attended by numerous Chinese government officials, San Diego, California, July 7, 2017.
  • Guest discussing various WTO issues and the possible election of Roberto Azevedo as Director-General of the WTO, on radio talk show "People in the Know", China Radio International, May 13, 2013 (available at http://english.cri.cn/7146/2013/05/13/3361s764689.htm).
  • Moderator and Presenter on panel entitled International Law Careers, International Law Society of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, November 20, 2012.
  • Moderator on panel entitled Film/Motion Pictures: The Creative Explosion of Independent Film, at conference entitled From Deals to Disputes and Creators to Lawyers: Film, TV and Video Games in the Age of Remix, Entertainment Law Society of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, November 12, 2011.
  • Moderator on panel entitled Refugee, Asylum, and Immigration Law Careers, International Law Society of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, November 10, 2011.
  • Moderator on panel entitled International Externships, Asian Pacific American Law Students Association of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, October 20, 2011.
  • Panelist presenting paper entitled Outsourcing of U.S. Legal Work to Other Countries, Fall Leadership Summit, American Bar Association, Law Student Division, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, October 1, 2011.
  • Panelist presenting paper entitled The Rule of Law and China’s Economic Development, The 2011 International Conference on Chinese Rule of Law, Zhejiang University Guanghua School of Law and China Rule of Law Research Institute, Hangzhou, China, May 27, 2011.
  • Co-Coordinator of conference entitled The TRIPS Agreement and the Global Integration of IP Law: Convergence or Controversy? and Speaker presenting speech entitled The History of the TRIPS Agreement and the International Protection of Intellectual Property at this same conferenceThomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, April 8, 2011.
  • Moderator on panel entitled Gender-Related Violence and Indian Country Law Enforcement, at Tenth Anniversary Women and the Law Conference and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture entitled Gender Justice and Indian Sovereignty: Native American Women and the Law,  Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, February 18, 2011.
  • Panelist presenting paper entitled Current Ethics Issues Facing U.S. Law Schools and Law Students, at panel entitled Legal Ethics Issues, Student Bar Association of Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, February 16, 2011.
  • Speaker presenting paper entitled The Interface between Defamation and Censorship, at seminar entitled Emerging International Issues in Defamation Law, Southwestern Law School, Los Angeles, California, September 29, 2010.
  • Moderator on panel entitled Protection and Enforcement of IP Rights at seminar entitled Expanding into Global Markets through Transborder Licensing, California Western School of Law, San Diego, California, March 27, 2010.
  • Speaker presenting paper entitled How Can We Reconcile Cultural Diversity and Free Trade?, George Washington University Law School (faculty colloquium presentation), Washington, D.C., November 2, 2009.
  • Speaker of paper entitled Is it Time to Allow the Bear to Enter the Eagle’s Nest?: Russia’s WTO Accession Application, Lomonosov Moscow State University School of Law, Moscow, Russia, September 17, 2009.
  • Coordinator of Ninth Annual Women and the Law Conference and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture entitled Confronting Domestic Violence Head On: The Role of Power in Domestic Relationships and Panelist presenting paper entitled Torture at Home: Borrowing from the Torture Convention to Develop a Psychologically-Sound Definition of Domestic Violence at this same conferenceThomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, February 27, 2009.
  • Panelist presenting paper entitled Linking Labor and Trade in the WTO: If Not Now, When?, on panel entitled International Workplace Issues: Human Rights, Trade and the  Regulation of Labor Markets, at conference entitled The Global Workplace: Expanding Intellectual Borders with International & Comparative Workplace Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Seton Hall University School of Law, and the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, February 15-16, 2008.
  • Lecturer presenting lecture entitled The WTO in class entitled International Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, spring 2008.
  • Lecturer presenting lecture entitled The WTO in class entitled International Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, April 19, 2007.
  • Speaker presenting speech entitled My Career as an International Trade Lawyer, at conference entitled Practicing International Law, International Law Section of California State Bar, University of San Diego Law School, San Diego, California, April 18, 2007.
  • Speaker at speech entitled International Trade Strategies for Unemployed U.S. Film Workers, Cinematographers Union Local 44 Headquarters, Burbank, California, January 20, 2007. (I delivered the same speech to the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and several other labor unions in the Hollywood, California area in 2006-2007.)
  • Speaker at speech entitled Will the New Democratic Congress Change U.S. Trade Policy?, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, January 16, 2007.
  • Lecturer presenting lecture entitled The WTO, in class entitled International Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, March 17, 2006.
  • Lecturer presenting lecture entitled The State of the Law on Protection of Geographical Indications, in class entitled Trademark Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, March 10, 2006.
  • Lecturer presenting lecture entitled The WTO, in class entitled International Organizations, University of San Diego Law School, San Diego, California, February 16, 2006.
  • Panelist presenting paper entitled EU Trade Issues in the Doha Round, annual meeting of California Council on International Trade, Graduate School of International Relations  and Pacific Studies, La Jolla, California, January 2005.
  • Panelist presenting paper entitled My Career as an International Trade Lawyer, at conference entitled Practicing International Law, International Law Section of California State Bar, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, fall 2004.
  • Speaker at speech entitled Trade Issues in the Presidential Election and the Outlook for the WTO, Southwestern University School of Law, Los Angeles, California, September 22, 2004.
  • Speaker at speech entitled The Outlook for the WTO, University of Nice Law School, Nice, France, July 26, 2004.
  • Speaker at speech entitled Is China Meeting its New WTO Commitments?, World Affairs Council, Rancho Bernardo, California, February 26, 2004.
  • Panelist presenting paper entitled China and the WTO: Two Years Later, China Executive Series, Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California, February 26, 2004.
  • Panelist presenting paper entitled The Role of Multilaterals in China Today, annual China Update seminar sponsored by the HarvardChina Review, Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, April 12, 2003.
  • Panelist presenting paper entitled China and the WTO: One Year Later, at seminar of same title, California-Asia Business Council and the Asia Foundation, San Francisco, California, December 12, 2002.
  • Speaker at speech entitled China and the WTO: One Year Later, at seminar of same title, Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla, California, December 5, 2002.
  • Speaker at speech entitled Is China Meeting its WTO Commitments in the Telecommunications Sector?, at seminar entitled China’s Telecommunications Industry, Telefax and China’s Ministry of Information Industry, Shanghai, China, August 14, 2002.
  • Panelist presenting paper entitled Why San Diego Businesses Should Do Business in China, at seminar entitled Trade Visions, San Diego World Trade Center, Marriot Hotel, San Diego, California, June 18, 2002.
  • Speaker at speech entitled Customs and Transfer Pricing Studies, at seminar entitled Transfer Pricing, Ernst & Young, Long Beach, California, March 14, 2002.
  • Speaker at speech entitled Summary of WTO Doha Ministerial Meeting Issues, General Electric Customs Group, Ft. Myers, Florida, March 7, 2002.
  • Speaker at speech entitled China’s WTO Commitments, annual China Seminar, Ernst & Young’s China offices, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Beijing, China, on January 29, 2002, January 30, 2002, and February 1, 2002, respectively.
  • Speaker at speech entitled Opportunities for San Diego Businesses in China and Taiwan, at seminar of same title, San Diego World Trade Center and the Taiwanese Professors Association, Doubletree Hotel, San Diego, California, January 12, 2002.
  • Speaker at speech entitled Conflict between the Free Trade Area of the Americas and the Most Favored Nation Principle of the WTO, at seminar entitled Trade Visions, San Diego World Trade Center, Del Mar, California, May 22, 2001.
  • Panelist presenting paper entitled NAFTA Verifications and Audits in the U.S., at seminar series entitled Global Trade Regulation & Compliance, Baker & McKenzie, Lexington, Massachusetts, May 2, 2000.
  • Speaker at speech entitled Customs Compliance Issues, at seminar entitled NAFTA Update, The Economist Seminar Series, Coronado, California, November 11, 1999.
  • Speaker at speech entitled View of U.S. Firms on the MRA with the European Union, at seminar entitled Food and Medical Product Exports, San Diego World Trade Center, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Export Assistance Center, San Diego, California, September 28, 1999.
  • Panelist presenting paper entitled Review of Royalties under the Customs Law, at seminar series entitled Global Trade Regulation & Compliance, Baker & McKenzie, Chicago, Illinois, October 5, 1999.
  • Panelist presenting panel entitled NAFTA Verifications and Audits in the U.S., at seminar series entitled Mexico 2000: Challenges and Opportunities, Baker & McKenzie, Chicago, Illinois, May 5, 1999.
  • Speaker at speech entitled The Legal Profession’s View of the Modernization Act,  annual meeting of the American Association of Exporters and Importers, Manhattan Beach, California, January 11, 1999.
  • Panelist presenting paper entitled U.S. Customs Compliance Assessments and NAFTA Verifications, at seminar series entitled Global Trade Regulation & Compliance, Baker & McKenzie, Seattle, Washington on November 17, 1998 and Portland, Oregon on November 18, 1998.
  • Panelist presenting paper entitled U.S. Customs Audits with Emphasis on the Mod Act and NAFTA Compliance Issues, at seminar series entitled Global Trade Regulation & Compliance, Baker & McKenzie, Houston, Texas, May 28, 1998.
  • Panelist presenting paper entitled U.S. Customs Audits with Emphasis on the Mod Act and NAFTA Compliance Issues, at seminar series entitledGlobal Trade Regulation & Compliance, Baker & McKenzie, Santa Clara, California, February 26, 1998.
  • Panelist presenting paper entitled U.S. Customs Issues, at seminar series entitledUpdate on Customs Issues Relevant to the Automobile Industry: Perspectives for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, Baker & McKenzie, Detroit, Michigan, May 15, 1996.
  • Co-Speaker (along with William Outman) at speech entitled The Modernization Act and the New Recordkeeping Requirements, El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, February 2, 1995.
  • Speaker at speech entitled The North American Free Trade Agreement, Logistech, Inc., San Diego, California, March 3, 1994.
  • Speaker at speech entitled The North American Free Trade Agreement, El Paso, Laredo, and Brownsville, Texas on February 14, February 15, and February 16, 1994, respectively.
  • Speaker at speech entitled U.S. Customs Costs Submission Reports, Logistech, Inc., San Diego, California, March 5, 1993.
  • Voted “1L Professor of the Year” at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Spring 2017.
  • Listed with AALS as “Best Professor of the Year” at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2017. 
  • Awarded a Visiting Scholar position at the World Trade Organization, Spring 2013.
  • Awarded a Visiting Scholar position at the Chinese Rule of Law Institute, Hangzhou, China, Summer 2013.
  • Awarded a Visiting Scholar position at the World Trade Organization, Summer 2012. 
  • Granted tenure by Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
  • Article entitled Reconciling Cultural Diversity and Free Trade in the Digital Age: A Cultural Analysis of International Trade in Content Items, 41 Akron L. Rev. 399 (2008) was voted one of the best law review articles on a media subject and accordingly was reprinted in the 2009-2010 ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLISHING AND     THE ARTS  HANDBOOK (Thomson/West 2009).
  • Article entitled Hollywood’s Disappearing Act: International Trade Remedies to Bring Hollywood Home, 39 Akron L. Rev. 739 (2006) was voted one of the best law review articles on a media subject and accordingly was reprinted in the 2007-2008 ENTERTAINMENT, PUBLISHING AND THE ARTS HANDBOOK (Thomson/West 2007). 
  • Elected full partner of the international consulting firm of Ernst & Young LLP, 2001.
  • Elected full partner of the international law firm of Baker & McKenzie, 2000.
  • Invited by the American Law Institute to serve on the Advisory Committee of the WTO Project, 2000. 
  • Elected to American Law Institute, 2000.
  • Appointed President and General Counsel of software firm, Logistech, Inc., 1992. 
  • Appointed Judicial Law Clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, working primarily for then-Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 2983-1984.
  • Claire Wright, Hollywood’s Dirty Little Secret, The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, spring 2008.
  • Claire Wright, Fugitive Production, Los Angeles Daily Journal, September 12, 2007, at p. 6 (Forum).
  • Claire Wright, An Introspective View of Thomas Jefferson’s Summer Program in China, The Informer, Student Bar Association, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, October 2007.
  • Claire Wright, The WTO: The First Ten Years, The Declaration, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, summer 2004.
  • Claire Wright, NAFTA: What You Need To Know, San Diego Lawyer Magazine, San Diego County Bar Association, March-April 2003.
  • Claire Wright, Export Processing Zones in China, special “World Trade Report” edition of San Diego Daily Transcript, published in conjunction with San Diego World Trade Center’s Trade Visions conference, June 7, 2002.
  • Claire Wright, Port Authority: New Program Allows Importers to Update Entry Information, Los Angeles Daily Journal, May 23, 2000.
  • Claire Wright and Michael Roybal, Summary of Regulations Governing The Exportation of Technology and Software, San Diego Daily Transcript, March 24, 1999.
  • Claire Wright and Michael Roybal, Software Export Regulations Are Highly Complex, Los Angeles Daily Journal, March 23, 1999.
  • Claire Wright and Michael Roybal, Technology Export Rules are Elusive, The National Law Journal, March 22, 1999.
  • Claire Wright, U.S. Customs’ New Reconciliation Program, San Diego Daily Transcript, February 25, 1998.
  • Claire Wright, Kevin M. O’Brien, and Teresa A. Gleason, Is GATT Fulfilling Promises for U.S. Firms?, San Diego Business Journal, July 31, 1995.
  • Claire Wright, Go for the GATT, San Diego Daily Transcript, August 29, 1994.