Zachary Clopton

Professor of Law


Zachary D. Clopton joined Northwestern Pritzker School of Law as a Professor of Law in 2019. His research and teaching interests include civil procedure, complex litigation, international litigation, and national security law.

Clopton clerked for the Honorable Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Chicago and he worked in the national security group at Wilmer Hale in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Northwestern, Clopton was as an Associate Professor of Law at Cornell Law School. He also was a Public Law Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School.

Clopton’s recent scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Stanford Law Review, NYU Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Michigan Law Review, California Law Review, and Cornell Law Review, among others. Clopton’s public writing has appeared in Slate, Politico, The Hill, and others.

Clopton earned a BA from Yale University, an MPhil in International Relations from Cambridge University, where he was a Gates Foundation Scholar, and a JD from Harvard Law School.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Arbitration
  • Civil Procedure
  • National Security
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • International Law
  • Environmental Law

Selected Publications

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  • BA, Yale University
  • MPhil, University of Cambridge
  • JD, Harvard Law School

Prior Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
  • Associate Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
  • Public Law Fellow, University of Chicago Law School

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