Dr Richard Clements specialises in international law, international criminal law, international organisations, and critical legal theory. His current research studies the relationship between international legal expertise and management expertise in select international institutions, notably the International Criminal Court. He is currently completing the manuscript for his first monograph entitled The Justice Factory: Management Practices and the International Criminal Court due to be published by Cambridge University Press in fall 2023. Richard acquired his PhD from Cambridge University, completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Global Law & Policy, Harvard Law School before coming to Tilburg Law School in February 2021. He currently serves as a Faculty member at IGLP. He is Co-Director of the Global Law LLB, and Co-organiser of the 'International Law & Politics' Collaborative Research Network at the Law & Society Association.


  • International criminal law
  • International organisations law
  • International law and management
  • Critical legal theory
  • Politics of expertise


  • PhD, Cambridge University 2016-2020
  • LLM (cum laude) Public International Law, Leiden University 2014-2015
  • LLB Law with Politics, Queen's University Belfast 2009-2012



I welcome students and researchers interested in completing a PhD under my co-supervision. Areas of supervision include:

  • Critical approaches to international criminal law
  • International legal expertise
  • International law and management practices


  • Open Society Foundation, Report on ICC reform, March 2020
  • Association of Young International Criminal Lawyers, Seminar Series, spring 2022: 
  • Co-organiser, International Law & Politics Collaborative Research Network, Law & Society Association: 

Recente publicaties

  1. Efficiency is paramount in this regard - The managerial role of the I…

    Clements, R. (2022). Efficiency is paramount in this regard: The managerial role of the ICC Presidency from Kirsch to Fernández. The Law & Practice of International Courts and Tribunals, 21(2), 342-368.
  2. From utopia to efficiency

    Clements, R., & Bonadiman, L. (2021). From utopia to efficiency. In G. Demarchi, F. Di Chiara, E. Fiocchi Malaspina, & B. Rodríguez Arrocha (Eds.), Las fronteras de la Ilustración: Itinerarios entre historia y derecho (pp. 285-313). Dykinson.
  3. Governing international criminal justice - Managerial practices and t…

    Clements, R. A. (2021). Governing international criminal justice: Managerial practices and the International Criminal Court. [Doctoral Thesis, University of Cambridge]. University of Cambridge.
  4. Near, far, wherever you are - Distance and proximity in international…

    Clements, R. (2021). Near, far, wherever you are: Distance and proximity in international criminal law. European Journal of International Law, 32(1), 327-350.
  5. Briefing paper on governance and management - Independent expert revi…

    Clements, R. (2020). Briefing paper on governance and management: Independent expert review of the international criminal court.

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