Clare Frances is lecturer in law at Edinburgh Napier. Her research interests lie in the related of international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and international human rights law, with a focus on the application of legal theory to these areas. Her current work focuses on a theory of authority in international criminal law, and is due to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2020.
Clare Frances was a visiting scholar at Columbia Law School in 2018 and a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg in 2013. She was also awarded a scholarship to attend The Hague Academy of International Law in 2013. She has also judged Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 2018 and will return as a Judge for the French rounds in 2019.
She has published widely on the concept of defences in international criminal law and responsibility for international crimes, particularly in relation to non-state actors. Previous work has been funded by the Clark Foundation in Legal Education, the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland and the iCourts Centre for Excellence at the University of Copenhagen.