Clare James


Prior to completing a law degree, I worked as a veterinary surgeon in the UK and USA, specialising in the area of pathology.  In 2018 I graduated from the School of Law at the University in Leeds with an LLB.  I then went on to undertake an LLM in International law. I am now studying for a PhD in the area of the right to food.

I hold a Research and Teaching Scholarship and teach on the foundations of law module and evidence law module. I also have experience teaching law to students outside of the law school on discovery modules and also teaching law to engineering students.

Research interests

The focus of my PhD thesis is the right to food and the obligations this generates for states, focusing on the UK The project considers issues of food security, food sovereignty and international human rights law, particularly the right to food. In addition the implications for global governance systems relating to trade and extraterritorial duties of states will be considered.

I also have research interests in animal welfare in international law.


  • LLB
  • LLM
  • BSc
  • BVSc

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Law and Social Justice