Claire Wright

Claire Wright

Associate Professor of Law and
Director, Environmental Sustainability Certificate Program


Phone: 305.623.2319


St. Thomas University College of Law
Faculty Suite (209)
16401 NW 37th Ave
Miami Gardens, FL 33054


B.A., Smith College, summa cum laude
J.D., Harvard Law School, cum laude
London School of Economics and Political Science, General Degree Course


Environmental Law
International Law
International Trade

Claire Wright

Professor Wright’s scholarly writings focus on property, environmental, international, international trade, and domestic violence 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. In 2000, Professor Wright was elected 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 on one occasion. 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.

Professor Wright taught at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, in San Diego, California, for sixteen years, and she was awarded tenure there in 2010. While at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, she received numerous awards for her teaching and established two innovative clinical programs, the Domestic Violence Project and the Trade Monitor Institute. The Domestic Violence Project provided pro bono legal assistance to victims of domestic violence, and the Trade Monitor Institute assisted developing countries to assert their rights in the WTO.

Prior to commencing full-time teaching at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Professor Wright taught international trade law at Stanford Law School and the University of California, San Diego. She also was a full partner at the law firm of Baker & McKenzie, where she practiced property and international trade law for a number of years, and a full partner and the Director of the WTO Center at the consulting firm of Ernst & Young LLP. Most recently, Professor Wright has taught legal writing and essay writing for the bar at the University of San Diego School of Law, property and wills & trusts at Western New England School of Law, and property and remedies at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

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.

Scholarship & Research



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, <em>The NAFTA Marking Rules of Origin</em>, International Trade Regulation Report (January 1996), reprinted in Vol. 4:2 B&amp;M LALDB 4/96, available at (last accessed September 18, 2006).

Claire Wright, ES TU DEBER! (Spanish translation of IT’S YOUR DUTY!: A U.S. Customs Law Primer (Baker &amp; McKenzie 1996-2001)).

Claire Wright, GUIDE TO NAFTA VERIFICATION PROCEEDINGS (Baker &amp; McKenzie 1996-2001).

Claire Wright, IT’S YOUR DUTY!: A U.S. Customs Law Primer (Baker &amp; 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).

  • Property Focus for the Bar
    Wills & Trusts

News & Activities

STU Law News

Professor Wiessner’s Book General Theory of International Law” Published
Professor Siegfried Wiessner, who is regularly consulted by foreign governments and other groups regarding human rights, has just come out with an important and already acclaimed new book, General Theory of International Law, which is the introductory volume of the “American Classics in International Law” series and will adorn the shelves of law libraries around the world.

Activities and Presentations

Professor Vastine speaks on Think Immigration: SCOTUS Lineup
In the second segment of a special two-part Think Immigration blog post, Mary Kramer, author of Immigration Consequences of Criminal Activity: A Guide to Representing Foreign-Born Defendants, and Michael Vastine and Sui Chung, co-authors of AILA’s upcoming book Winning on Paper, report back on the U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments held Tuesday on Jennings v. Rodriguez, an important case for immigration lawyers relating to prolonged detention.
Professor Michael Vastine recently presented his articles at the following events:

  • Catholic Legal Services Summer CLE Series in Miami
  • Federal Court: Building the Record for Circuit Appeals, Suing for Return of Your Client and Release from Prolonged Detention After Six Months
  • Beating the Charges, Filing Motions To Terminate, and Recent Developments in the Categorical Approach
  • 2015 Annual Conference of American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), Washington, D.C.
  • The Building Blocks for Successful Agency and Federal Court Appeals.
  • 2015 American Immigration Lawyers Association Annual Conference (AILA Law Student Division Panel Session) Washington, D.C.
  • Maximizing Opportunities: Charting a Career in Immigration Practice
  • 2015 AILA National Fundamentals of Immigration Law Conference, Miami Beach, Florida.
  • Asylum and Related Claims for Relief