Dr Clare Patton


I joined the School of Law in 2023. Prior to this, I was a Lecturer in Law, Queen’s University Belfast (2021-2023); Lecturer (Education), Queen’s University Belfast (2019-2021), and ESRC Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast (2018-2019). I completed my PhD in 2018 (School of Law, QUB).


  • Module Leader for International Corporate Governance

Research interests

My current research examines how transnational corporations influence health through economic, social, and political power. I have a special interest in maternal and child health and I am working on several projects and outputs related to the role and influence of the Commercial Milk Formula (CMF) industry on the infant and young child feeding landscape. I am a consultant to the WHO advising on the human rights framework as it relates to infant and young child feeding (IYCF). In 2022, I was awarded funding from the Government of Ireland’s North-South Research Programme for a joint project with my partners based in the School of Biological & Health Sciences at TU Dublin. This two-year multidisciplinary project explores how prepared the governments in both jurisdictions in Ireland are to protect food security for infants and young children (‘Developing an Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies Preparedness Plan for the Island of Ireland’). The project plan will launch in Autumn 2024. I have forthcoming articles examining the human rights framework for IYCF.

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  • PhD
  • LLM
  • LLB

Student education

I currently teach Trusts, Company Law (of which I am also the module convener), and International Corporate Governance. Previously, I have taught Torts, Business & Human Rights, and EU Law. I also have experience teaching skills development to students having designed the ‘Global Skills’ project at QUB.

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>