Clare O’Hare is a JSD Candidate at the Law School at University of Notre Dame. Before joining the Law School Ms. O’Hare received an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame and prior to this she obtained an LL.B. in Laws & French Law from Trinity College Dublin, an LL.M. from the University of Cambridge, and a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. Ms. O’Hare is admitted to practice in England & Wales (2007) and Ireland (2014) and spent the majority of her career in practice with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London and Dubai working on complex cross-border financial transactions and insolvency matters. While in Dubai she established and co-chaired the firm’s regional Pro Bono and CSR Committee. Ms. O’Hare has spoken at numerous conferences in the Middle East and in the US and has been invited to speak at the OECD’s 2020 Global Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum in Paris. Ms. O’Hare’s doctoral dissertation focuses on the growth of commercial courts in the new competition for dispute resolution services across the globe. She is also interested in the effect that this phenomenon has on access to the legal profession. 

Current Research

My work has two broad strands - legal reform and business and human rights. I intend to carry out research in why and how civil law countries adopt common law procedures, and how this affects (or not) the consolidation of the rule of law and whether it relates to increases in levels of democracy. The second broad area of interest is in business and human rights and the adoption of the UN's Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. I am interested in the role that transnational law firms play as norm entrepreneurs in developing a baseline understanding of the obligations of businesses to respect human rights across jurisdictions.


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