dr. Richard Clements

dr. Richard Clements

Assistant Professor of International Law

TLS: Tilburg Law School
TLS: Public Law and Governance


Dr Richard Clements researches questions relating to international legal expertise. His first monograph, The Justice Factory: Management Practices at the International Criminal Court was published by Cambridge University Press in February 2024 and examines how management ideas and tools have shaped international law, specifically the organisation, professionals and arguments of the ICC. 

In addition, Richard has been awarded a prestigious NWO Veni grant and a Dutch government Starter Grant (Startersbeurs) to study the changing styles of expertise in a range of crises areas in international law including global health and marine plastic pollution. Richard acquired his PhD from Cambridge University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute for Global Law & Policy, Harvard Law School (where he remains a Faculty member) before coming to Tilburg Law School in February 2021. He co-convenes the International Law & Politics network at the Law & Society Association.


  • International legal theory (drawing on critical traditions in social theory and law including Foucault, Bourdieu, as well as post-critical and law/literature traditions)
  • Politics of expertise (in international law, from the work of Sending, Kennedy, Lang, Desai)
  • International criminal law 
  • Global health law


  • 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:

  • International legal expertise
  • International law and management practices
  • The politics of international law
  • Critical and post-critical approaches to international (criminal) law
  • Global health law


  • Dutch-government Starter Grant (2023-2029): 'Managers of Crisis: International Lawyering of Populations, Pollution and Pandemics'
  • NWO Veni Grant (2024-2027): 'Management: The Missing Link in International Legal Work' https://www.tilburguniversity.edu/current/news/more-news/veni-grants-ni…
  • Open Society Foundation, Report on ICC reform, March 2020
  • Association of Young International Criminal Lawyers, Seminar Series, spring 2022: https://www.ayicl.com/ 
  • Co-organiser, International Law & Politics Collaborative Research Network, Law & Society Association: https://www.lawandsociety.org/crn23/ 
  • Co-convenor, Trending: Discussion Series on Current Developments in International & Transnational Law, Tilburg Law School (with Dr Leena Grover)

Recente publicaties

  1. The justice factory - Management practices at the international crimi…

    Clements, R. (2024). The justice factory: Management practices at the international criminal court. (Cambridge Series in International & Comparative Law; No. 182). Cambridge University Press.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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