Clare Patton


Clare is a PhD in Law candidate at Queen’s University Belfast under the supervision of Professor Sally Wheeler and Dr Ciara Hackett. Her area of research is Corporate Law focussing on the intersection between corporate CSR policies and the role of the stakeholder.  During her undergraduate law studies (First Class Hons.), she completed a stagiaire with MEP Marian Harkin, producing a report on the European Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products (THMPD).  Also at Undergraduate level, Clare was the team leader and recipient of the Frank Gallagher Memorial Cup for best presentation in the Human Rights moot court; she was elected President of the Law Society and was also awarded an Erasmus grant to secure an internship with a legal firm. Upon completion of her LLM in Corporate Governance (Distinction), Clare continued her love of academia by pursuing her PhD. Now in the final year of her doctorate, Clare has contributed to the scholarship by building a unique theoretical framework to analyse corporate behaviour relative to CSR policies and the subsequent effect on stakeholder roles. Clare has produced and presented conference papers based on her research area and spoken at a number of workshops and roundtable events.  Clare tutors and delivers guest lectures in a diverse range of law modules, including Law of Torts, Equity, Contemporary Issues in the Law of Obligations and Business and Human Rights. Clare is currently working on a journal article which uses Social Role theory to illuminate the effects of aggressive gender-targeting of CSR policies on stakeholders and is also sitting on two conference committees.

Outside of academia Clare sits on the Independent Monitoring Board and is active in socially inclusive and progressive campaigns. She also enjoys hiking in the Mournes, a good book and travelling anywhere; but has fostered a special love for Italy.