Methven O'Brien, Claire


  • Lecturer (Teaching and Research), Law
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Claire Methven O’Brien is Baxter Fellow and Lecturer in Law. Claire is an internationally recognised expert in the field of business and human rights. She regularly provides expert advice on business and human rights law and policy to international and European Union institutions, the private sector and non-governmental organisations. Besides her role at Dundee, Claire is Chief Adviser and Senior Researcher at the Danish Institute for Human Rights.

Claire holds a PhD from the European University Institute, Florence, and other degrees from Queens’ College, University of Cambridgethe London School of Economics and Political Science and City University, London. Claire is a Barrister called to the London Bar and a member of the Middle Temple.

She is also an Honorary Lecturer at the School of Management of the University of St. Andrews and an Associate of the University of Greenwich’s Business, Human Rights and the Environment Research Group. She has been a Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and held visiting positions at the University of Groningen Department for International Law and New York University School of Law.

Claire has guest lectured widely including at the University of Zurich, University of St. Andrews School of Management, University of Pretoria Human Rights Centre, University of Groningen, Åbo Akademi University, University of Leiden, University of Copenhagen, University of Oslo, Norwegian School of Economics and Copenhagen Business School. She has been an external lecturer at the University of Glasgow’s Adam Smith Business School.


Claire’s research and published works address topics across the fields of business and human rights, human rights institutions, governance and socio-legal theory.

Claire currently leads the research programme, Realising the SDGs: The role of responsible business funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs/DANIDAResearch collaboration projects in Danida priority countries (EUR1.26million/9.4 million DKK, Apr 2018-May 2022). She has also been Co-Principal Investigator on research grants from the British Academy and Carnegie Trust.

Her recent books include Public procurement and human rights: Opportunities, Risks and Dilemmas for the State as Buyer and the Council of Europe’s Business and human rights. A Handbook for Legal Practitioners.  


UN Human Rights Law

Human Rights

Business and Human Rights

Expertise related to UN SDGs

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Laws, European University Institute, San Domenico di Fiesole

Award Date: 1 Oct 2009

Master of Laws, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Bachelor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

External positions

Senior Researcher and Strategic Adviser, Danish Institute for Human Rights

Honorary Lecturer, University of St Andrews


  • K Law (General)
  • Human rights law
  • European Convention on Human Rights
  • KZ Law of Nations
  • Human rights law; non-state actors
  • European Convention on Human Rights
  • JX International law
  • Human Rights
  • European Convention on Human Rights
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Treaty Effectiveness
  • JZ International relations
  • Human Rights
  • governance
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Human Rights
  • Corporate Social Responsibility


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