Clare Frances Moran

Clare Frances Moran

Dr Clare Frances Moran



Clare Frances joined Edinburgh Napier University as a lecturer in law in January 2016, having worked previously at Abertay University. She studied law at Edinburgh Napier and Edinburgh before completing a PhD in international criminal law at the University of Glasgow in 2015, under the supervision of Professors Christian Tams and Robin Geiss. Her research interests lie in the connected areas of international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and international human rights law, with a focus on the application of legal theory to these areas.

She has published widely on the concept of defences in international criminal law, the responsibility of non-State actors for human rights violations, and the effect of domestic law on international law. Her latest project aims to provide a theory of authority for international criminal law, exploring the basis on which international criminal law is founded. Her work has been published by the International Criminal Law Review, the Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law and the Global Journal of Comparative Law, among others. She has also written for the international law blog Opinio Juris and The Conversation.

Clare Frances' research has been funded by the Clark Foundation in Legal Education, the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, the iCourts Centre for Excellence at the University of Copenhagen and the International Law Fund, the latter of which supported her attendance at The Hague Academy of International Law. She was a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg and will be a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School, Columbia University, NY in 2018. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the SLS, SLSA, ESIL and ASIL.

Research Areas


Invited Speaker

  • Populism, Nationalism, and Human Rights, University of Maastricht, NL
  • European Society of International Law Annual Conference, University of Manchester, UK
  • British International Studies Association International Law Working Group Workshop
  • Freedom Under Pressure, University of Ghent, Belgium
  • U!REKA Research Conference, Royal Society of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  • Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, UCD, Dublin, IE
  • Edinburgh Napier Business School Research Conference, Edinburgh, UK
  • Ageing and the workplace workshop, Employment Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Newcastle, UK
  • Emerging transnational criminal law international workshop, iCourts Centre of Excellence for International Courts, University of
  • Society of Legal Scholars Conference, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • 9th Annual North-South Criminology Conference, University College Cork, Ireland
  • British Association of Comparative Law Postgraduate workshop, University of Essex, UK
  • Law Postgraduate Research seminar, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Law Postgraduate Research Colloquium, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Pre-conference workshop, International Law Association Annual Spring Conference, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Scottish Young Legal Researchers Colloquium, University of Dundee, UK
  • Dundee Association for University Women, UK


Conference Activity

  • Panel chair, Scotland and the European Referendums: Context and consequences
  • Panel chair, International law section, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference
  • Co-Investigator, Royal Society of Edinburgh workshop series on Unaccompanied Minors
  • Co-organiser, Perspectives on Conflict conference, University of Glasgow
  • Panel chair, Making an Impact interdisciplinary conference, University of Glasgow
  • Panel chair, Changing the World Interdisciplinary Conference, University of Glasgow


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Judge for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2018 Belgium National Qualifying Rounds
  • Steering Committee, Scottish Universities Law Network on Europe
  • Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Society of Legal Scholars


Visiting Positions

  • Columbia Law School, Columbia University
  • Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, Germany



  • Oxford University Press reviewer


External Examining/Validations

  • External examiner, University of the West of England


Editorial Activity

  • Italian Law Journal reviewer
  • The Age of Human Rights Journal reviewer


Membership of Professional Body

  • American Society of International Law
  • European Society of International Law
  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Glasgow Human Rights Network


Fellowships and Awards

  • Scholarship recipient, International Law Fund, The Hague Academy of International Law
  • Higher Education Academy


Pre-Napier Funded Projects

  • PhD funding, Clark Foundation for Legal Education
  • Attendance at summer school, iCourts Centre for Excellence at the University of Copenhagen
  • Conference organisation funding, New Initiatives Fund, University of Glasgow
  • PhD funding, Clark Foundation for Legal Education
  • Research visit, Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland
  • PhD funding, Clark Foundation for Legal Education