Richard's main areas of teaching and research are international law & global governance, international criminal law, and international organisations. He completed his Ph.D. at Cambridge University in 2019 and was a Residential Fellow at the Institute for Global Law & Policy at Harvard Law School from 2019-2021. He has taught in both undergraduate and postgraduate law courses 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. Hehas 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 on the managerial practices of 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 GLB Administrative Law course and co-teach on the GLB European Union Law course.



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

Recent publications

  1. 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.
  2. Governing international criminal justice - Managerial practices and t…

    Clements, R. A. (2021). Governing international criminal justice: Managerial practices and the International Criminal Court. University of Cambridge.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. From bureaucracy to management - The international criminal court's i…

    Clements, R. (2019). From bureaucracy to management: The international criminal court's internal progress narrative. Leiden Journal of International Law, 32(1), 149-167.

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