Richard's main areas of teaching and research are international law, international criminal law, and humanitarian law. He is interested in uses and effects of legal and managerial expertise in global settings. He is an Affiliate Scholar at the Institute for Global Law & Policy, Harvard Law School, and received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 2020. He has taught undergraduates and postgraduates at Harvard and Cambridge, where he also served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge International Law Journal from 2017-18.

Richard has also worked in a professional capacity at the International Criminal Court, Yugoslavia Tribunal, and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. He has published in several journals including the Leiden Journal of International Law and the Journal of International Criminal Justice and is currently working on a manuscript for his first monograph entitled The Justice Factory: Management practices and the International Criminal Court.


International law , international criminal law, international institutional law, global administrative law, critical legal theory, Third World Approaches to International Law, critical management studies. I welcome master thesis topics in these and related areas. 


I currently convene the following courses:

  • Fundamentals of International Law (Bachelor of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Law major, Tilburg University College)
  • International Law: An Introduction (LLM International Law & Global Governance, Tilburg Law School) (fall & spring courses)
  • GLB Final Essay (Final year bachelor thesis course, Global Law Bachelor program)
  • International Law & Human Security (LLM International Law & Global Governance)



Institute for Global Law & Policy - organising online seminars on core texts in social and critical theory for the IGLP faculty network.

Recent publications

  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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