Claire Fenton-Glynn


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Professor Claire Fenton-Glynn is a Professor of Law at the University of Monash, Australia. She was previously the Professor of Child and Family Law at the University of Cambridge, and Director of Cambridge Family Law.

Claire’s research lies in the field of children’s rights, comparative law and international human rights law. She has published on a wide range of issues including parenthood (especially international surrogacy), child trafficking and gender identity. Her first book, "Children's Rights in Intercountry Adoption" was awarded the Inner Temple Book Prize for New Authors, as well as the Cambridge Faculty of Law's Yorke Prize, and her second book, "Children and the European Court of Human Rights" was published in 2021 by OUP. Claire's work has been cited by the UK Supreme Court, the England and Wales Court of Appeal, the Law Commission of England and Wales, and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children.

Claire is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family. She was an Academic Fellow of Inner Temple, and has worked with organisations such as UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Irish Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, as well as the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Union, Save the Children, and Avocats Sans Frontieres on issues concerning child protection, human rights, and rule of law. She has also contributed to national and international media coverage on legal issues, including the BBC, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.

Supervision interests

Claire is willing to supervise projects in the field of child law and children's rights, particularly in areas concerning parenthood, gender, and cross border movement of children.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

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 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Hon. LLB, University of Adelaide

B. International Studies, University of Adelaide

Diploma of Languages (Spanish)

PhD, University of Cambridge

BCL (Dist.), University of Oxford

Research area keywords

  • Family Law
  • Child Law
  • Human Rights
  • Comparative Law

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