Chantal Thomas is Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, where she also directs the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining Cornell, Professor Thomas chaired the Law Department of the American University in Cairo, and also served on the University of Minnesota and Fordham University law faculties. Professor Thomas teaches in the areas of International Development Law, International Trade Law, Corporations, Contracts, and Law and Globalization. She has consulted for the USAID Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Affairs, and has served on the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law, on the International Trade Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, as an International Trade Specialist with the Africa Law Initiative of the American Bar Association, and on the Board of Directors of the American Foreign Law Association.
Professor Thomas focuses her scholarship on the relationship between international law, political economy, and global social justice in a variety of contexts. Her most recent writings include: Developing Countries in the WTO Legal System (with Joel Trachtman, Oxford University Press 2009); Constitutionalism, Trade Legislation, and Democracy, in Richard W. Bauman & Tsvi Kahana eds., The Least Examined Branch: The Role of Legislatures in the Constitutional State (Cambridge University Press) (2006) and Intellectual Property Intersections with Trade and Labor Rules, in Daniel J. Gervais ed., Intellectual Property, Trade and Development (Oxford University Press) (2007).
Professor Thomas earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. from McGill University.