Clare joined Justitia as an associate Member of Chambers in July 2020 to give herself a base in London. She qualified in Law at the University of Queensland, Australia and subsequently took her Diploma in Legal Practice at the Australian National University in 2013. Having been involved in international human rights law for several years, she enrolled with the American University Washington College of Law and studied for her Master’s in International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law, which she gained in 2018.
Her principle interest has been women’s rights and much of her work has been centred in and around Eastern Africa. During 2012, she worked as an intern with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (“ICTR”) and Inherit Your Rights, both based in Tanzania. At the ICTR she assisted in the Appeals section of the Office of the Prosecutor. At Inherit Your Rights, she researched the traditional laws, legal practice and dispute resolution mechanisms of the Tanzanian justice systems and how they impact women.
In 2013 Clare began working with Legal Action Worldwide (“LAW”), first as a legal adviser and then as a project manager, based initially in Kenya/Somalia where she oversaw their African portfolio, including managing five projects in South Sudan and Somalia. She designed and led two projects collating evidence of torture and sexual violence and co-wrote a submission to the CEDAW Committee against the South Sudanese government specifically in relation to this. She co-ordinated the team that drafted the first Somali Sexual Offences Bill and made submission to the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights regarding sexual exploitation and abuse. She also ran workshops with Somali and South Sudanese legal professionals on the application of international law and standards relating to gender-based violence (“GBV”) and torture.
Further, she designed a secure electronic case database and assisted their Bangladesh office in drafting submissions to the International Criminal Court on behalf of Rohingya women in support of a case against Myanmar. She subsequently relocated with LAW to Lebanon managing a 2-year legal aid project (2 million USD) focused on gender-based violence, statelessness and late birth registration for Syrian refugees as well as another project relating to the torture and slavery of domestic workers.
At the end of 2019, Clare joined Siren Associates as a Human Rights Expert, working on Use of Force Guidelines with the Lebanese Internal Security Forces (“ISF” – the Lebanese police force) and advising/training them on human rights principles and their implementation, including improvements to their response to GBV and detention reform.
At the beginning of 2020, Clare joined Victim Advocates International (“VAI”), as a founding member and its Deputy Director. VAI is a membership organisation for victims of serious international crimes, including war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Clare manages a team of seven: four researchers, a Research & Advocacy Officer, Project Officer and Legal Consultant. She currently represents 64 Rohingya victims in a case before the ICC and manages VIA’s relationship with five Rohingya victim groups which VIA supports with legal resources and advice in their pursuit of justice.
VAI is currently seeking to expand its activities with programmes in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and South Asia. Once Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted, Clare will travel globally to conduct interviews and deal with casework.
As a Consultant, Clare has been involved with the International Committee for the Red Cross (“ICRC”), principally in relation to Somalia where she has assisted the ICRC in updating their database with information about Somalia’s compliance with Customary International Humanitarian Law. She has also conducted capacity-building workshops and training with Somali partner organisations of the American Bar Association.
Further she has worked with the International Organisation for Migration (“IOM”) in relation to Sierra Leone’s migration policies to feed into the IOM’s Migration Governance Framework. She conducted research and key informant interviews, incorporating feedback from the IOM to produce a final report.
Clare is listed as an Assistant to Counsel at the International Criminal Court and is on the UN Women’s Roster of Experts on Violence Against Women. She has produced articles for publication in the American University International Law Review and the Australian Feminist Law Journal. In 2018, she was awarded the Human Rights Essay Award by the American University, and in 2019 was awarded the Distinguished Young Alumni Award by the University of Queensland. She is recognised as a formidable expert in her field.