Eric R. Claeys

Professor of Law

AB, Princeton University; JD, University of Southern California

Professional Information

  • Social Science Research Network Home Page
  • Subjects Taught: Property, Tort, Trade Secrets Law, Intellectual Property, Constitutional Law, Water Law & Remedies
  • Curriculum Vitae: CV in PDF format
  • Area(s) of Expertise: Private Law Theory, Natural Law and Rights Theory, Trade Secrecy, Constitutional Law

Contact Information

  • Email: Send an email
  • Phone: 703-993-8247
  • Office: Room 420, Hazel Hall, Arlington
  • Address:
    Antonin Scalia Law School
    George Mason University
    3301 Fairfax Dr.
    Arlington, VA 22201

Biographical Sketch

Eric R. Claeys is Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University. He has written widely in the fields of property, private law, and constitutional law. Professor Claeys’s current research interests focus on flourishing- and labor-based natural rights justifications for property—in American property theory, in intellectual property, and in contemporary regulation of shale gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing.  He is a member of the American Law Institute, he serves on the ALI’s Members’ Consultative Group for the first Restatement of Copyright, and he also serves as an adviser to the Restatement (Fourth) of the Law of Property.

Professor Claeys received his JD from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.  He received his AB from Princeton University, and he is a former visiting fellow and current member of Princeton’s Politics Department’s James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.   After law school, Professor Claeys clerked for the Hon. Melvin Brunetti, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Hon. William H. Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States.

Professor Claeys’s main teaching interests include Property, Torts, Jurisprudence, and Intellectual Property. In recent years, he has also taught Water Law, Remedies, Estates and Trusts, Trade Secrecy, Constitutional Law, Torts, and Oil and Gas law.  Spring 2018, he is teaching Torts and Jurisprudence as a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School.