2020 applicants

Claire Morris

Postgraduate Research Student
School of Law
 Claire Morris



Claire is employed as a Prosecutor in London and completing her PhD research part-time. Initially Called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2010, she is currently practising as a Solicitor Advocate with higher rights of audience in criminal and civil proceedings. She is a dual qualified lawyer, also admitted to the New York State Bar as an Attorney and Counsellor-at-Law. Claire has over ten years of practical experience in criminal law and human rights, the majority of which was gained working for international organisations overseas before prosecuting in England and Wales. Claire specialises in anti-bribery and corruption, rule of law reform and investigating and prosecuting sexual and gender-based violence committed during conflict. Until 2014, Claire was deployed for four and a half years to the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo (EULEX). In the capacity of Legal Officer, later Senior Legal Officer, she worked together with international and national prosecutors in the Special Prosecution Office of Kosovo investigating and prosecuting organised crime and corruption, economic crime, war crimes, terrorism and other high-profile criminal cases. Prior to Kosovo, she worked for the International Criminal Tribunal of the former Yugoslavaia (ICTY) on the case of Milutinovic and Others (Trial Chamber) and with the OSCE Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina, especially monitoring the application of human rights and humanitarian law in war crimes cases before the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina and lower level cantonal and district courts, as well as on transitional justice and youth justice projects. Her experience of international law also includes work with REDRESS, a victims' rights NGO, on a International Criminal Court programme related to the Democratic Republic of Congo and victims' participation and reparations, and the British Institute for International and Comparative Law on a Armed Conflicts, Peacekeeping, Transitional Justice: Law as Solution (ATLAS) project, focusing on the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and other hybrid tribunals. She is also an expert with the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI). Publications include: * Peacekeeping and the Sexual Exploitation of Women and Girls in Post-Conflict Societies: A Serious Enigma to Establishing the Rule of Law, 14 (1) Journal of International Peacekeeping, 1-29 (2010) * First lawsuit against a member of the Bush Administration to proceed in District Court, Jose Padilla v. John Yoo 11 Bulletin of International Legal Developments (June, 2009), British Institute of International and Comparative Law * Developing a Juvenile Justice System in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Rights, Diversion and Alternatives, 8(3) Youth Justice Journal 197-213 (2008)


  • LL.M International Legal Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., USA - Deans List and Global Law Teaching Fellow and Elizabeth Tuckerman Scholar (2009)

  • LL.B (Hons) European Legal Studies, University of Bristol, UK and K.U. Leuven, Belgium (2007)

  • Bar Vocational Course, City Law School (formerly Inns of Court School of Law) - Harmsworth Scholar, Middle Temple (2010)

  • Investigation of Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Institute for International Criminal Investigations, The Hague, Netherlands (2014)

  • CMI Level 5 Certificate in Management and Leadership (Anti-Corruption) (2017)

Research and professional activities


Rule of Law Catalysts, Multi-Level Judicial Dialogue and Local Ownership in Prosecuting Local Heroes for International Crimes

This research examines the Impact of the International Criminal Court on the Rule of Law in Cote d'Ivoire, Kenya and Libya. The project focuses on legal co-operation between the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC and national prosecution offices and courts and implementation of the principle of positive complementarity by efforts to develop the capacity of national legal systems.

Supervisor: Geoff Gilbert; , Clotilde Pegorier

Research interests

International Criminal Law

Humanitarian Law

Human rights in emergencies and post-conflict situations

Transitional Justice

Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance

Refugee and Asylum Law

Trafficking in Human Beings

Youth Justice




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