Claire is a Research Fellow/Lecturer in the Department of International Relations. Her research is concerned with the future of human rights as an authoritative global justice discourse. As international political frameworks become increasingly contested, and as global justice conversations respond to emergent crises such as climate change, Claire’s research questions whether, and how, human rights institutions and norms might evolve in response to these challenges, or whether human rights may ultimately be replaced by alternative justice frameworks. Claire is also interested in the ongoing legacies of colonialism, their impact on global and local power structures, and ramifications for the international human rights project. Claire received her PhD from the Australian National University, where her thesis considered the vernacularisation of human rights norms in transitional Solomon Islands.
Prior to joining the Department, Claire was the CEDAW Reporting Adviser for UN Women – the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women – for the Pacific Islands region. She has undertaken consultancies with the World Bank, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and was Pacific Project Manager for the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI). Claire has also worked with NGOs and as a public servant in India and the UK.
Claire teaches the graduate course Writing International Relations INTR8065/INTR8069 (Semester 2, 2020), and the undergraduate course Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution INTR1022 (Semester 2, 2020).