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Where Are They Now  Wednesday: Claire Errington

Claire Errington studied Law at the University of Durham and was Highly Commended in The Undergraduate Awards 2016 for her paper discussing the legal and historical dichotomy between the ‘object and effect’ of anti-competitive restraints on competition.

Claire graduated from Durham University in Summer 2016 with a First Class Honours Degree in Law. Having led various pro bono projects at Durham University, wherein she worked to provide legal expertise and support to victims of torture, forced displacement and domestic abuse to name but a few, in countries from the UK to Syria, she was strongly motivated to pursue a career in Human Rights. Immediately after graduation she spent an exciting year travelling around Europe, Africa and South East Asia; working specifically on human rights advocacy work in places such as South Africa and Kenya.

Durham Diss PhotoKeen to continue her student experience, Claire is now studying in New York City, reading her M.A. Degree in Human Rights Studies at Columbia University. The access to numerous specialists she has gained throughout this programme (both professors and classmates!) who are all passionate, motivated, diverse and fascinating people committed to the promotion and protection of Human Rights, has been of immeasurable inspiration to Claire.

Specifically, Claire is specialising in international humanitarian and criminal law; her current thesis project is looking into the prosecution of sexual and gender-based violence at the International Criminal Court, with specific reference to the pivotal Bemba case. She also recently co-organised a 50th anniversary conference at Columbia Law School reflecting on the events of the ‘My Lai Massacre’ during the Vietnam War; inviting and organising a variety of panellists such as Academy-Award winning journalists, historians, 

legal practitioners, and even participants, to share their thoughts and reflections on the regulation of war crimes in past conflicts and in modern times.

Claire is loving life in New York; the buzz, fast-pace of life and variety of people she’s meeting makes for a whirlwind love affair with the Big Apple! Despite being an avid Newcastle United football supporter, she’s found another new-found love in all things Yankees and Tino Martinez. When she’s not been pulled between her studies or sports, she’s been enjoying exploring the beautiful East Coast with friends, bonfires, country walks, s’mores and of course, cider. Claire is passionate about continuing to pursue her post-Columbia career in gender justice and international humanitarian law, in whichever corner of the world that may take her!



If you would like to find out how to submit to this year's Undergraduate Awards click here.