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Claire Simmons

Assistant Lecturer
Department of Government
Postgraduate Research Student
School of Law
Senior Research Officer
School of Law
 Claire Simmons
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  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 876516

  • Location

    5S.4.10, Colchester Campus

Profile

Biography

Claire Simmons is a researcher at the Essex Armed Conflict and Crisis Hub, part of the Human Rights Centre. Claire completed her PhD at the University of Essex Law School in 2021, on the independence and impartiality of military investigations into violations of international humanitarian law. She was previously a researcher at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre, working on the development of the Guidelines on Investigating Violations of International Humanitarian Law: Law, Policy, and Good Practice with the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Claire has worked with the British Red Cross and local human rights organisations in Thailand, France and the UK.

Qualifications

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

  • BA Politics and Human Rights University of Essex,

  • PhD University of Essex, (2021)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

International Humanitarian Law

International Human Rights Law

International Refugee Law

Military Justice

International Criminal Law

Current research

PhD: "The independence and impartiality of military justice investigations into serious violations of international humanitarian law"

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

Essex Armed Conflict and Crisis Hub


More information about this project

Conferences and presentations

The protection of displaced people under IHL in the last 70 years

UNHCR/GAIN: 70 Years Protecting People Forced to Flee, 19/1/2021

The independence and impartiality of military investigations into violations of international humanitarian law

14th Annual Minerva/ICRC Conference on International Humanitarian Law, 11/11/2020

Investigating violations of international humanitarian law in armed conflict

Oxford Transitional Justice Research Group, 27/4/2020

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

Publications

Journal articles (2)

Simmons, C., (2021). The Scope of Military Jurisdiction for Violations of International Humanitarian Law. Israel Law Review. 54 (1), 3-23

Simmons, C., (2020). Whose perception of justice? Real and perceived challenges to military investigations in armed conflict. International Review of the Red Cross. 102 (914), 807-822

Other (1)

Lubell, N., Pejic, J. and Simmons, C., (2019).Guidelines on Investigating Violations of International Humanitarian Law: Law, Policy, and Good Practice,International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)/Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

Contact

csimmo@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 876516

Location:

5S.4.10, Colchester Campus