Claire Simmons

Postgraduate Research Student
School of Law
Research Officer
School of Law
 Claire Simmons
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Claire Simmons is a researcher for a Geneva Academy/ICRC project under the directorship of Prof. Noam Lubell, focusing on investigations in situations of armed conflict. She is also a PhD candidate in the Essex Law School, focusing her research on the independence and impartiality of military justice systems under international humanitarian law. Claire previously worked as research assistant for Prof. Geoff Gilbert at the University of Essex on topics of refugee law and the protection of displaced persons. She has also worked with the British Red Cross and local human rights organisations in Thailand, France and the UK.


  • LL.M International Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Law University of Essex,

  • BA Politics and Human Rights University of Essex,

Research and professional activities

Research interests

International Humanitarian Law

International Human Rights Law

International Refugee Law

Military Justice

International Criminal Law

Current research

Investigations in Armed Conflict

Guidelines on Investigating in Armed Conflict: Law, Policy and Good Practice Project led by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, in partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
More information about this project

PhD working title: "The independence and impartiality of military justice systems when carrying out investigations in armed conflict"

PhD research carried out under the supervision of Professor Noam Lubell and Professor Francoise Hampson.

Conferences and presentations

The duty to investigate violations of international law in armed conflict: an obligation of effectiveness

Essex Law School Postgraduate Conference, 7/5/2019

The concept of independence as related to impartiality when investigating violations of international law in armed conflict

Essex Law School Postgraduate Research Conference, Colchester, United Kingdom, 15/5/2018

Understanding the term 'systematic' under international law and its implications on the administration of justice in armed conflict

Human Rights Research Students Conference, 10/7/2017

Speaker at Human Rights in Asia Conference, University of Essex, June 2010.

Colchester, United Kingdom, 2010


Other (1)

Lubell, N., Pejic, J. and Simmons, C., (2019).Guidelines on investigating violations of IHL: law, policy, and good practice,International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)/Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

+44 (0) 1206 876516


5S.4.10, Colchester Campus