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.