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Dr Clair Gammage


Clair is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Bristol. She studied for her law degree (LLB) and Masters of International Law (LLM) at the University of Nottingham. Clair joined the University of Bristol Law School as an ESRC scholar, and completed her PhD in 2013. Her thesis examined the scope of Article XXIV of the GATT for 'North-South' regional trade agreements, with a focus on the southern African Economic Partnership Agreement with the EU. 

As a critical scholar of international economic law, Clair has published extensively in the field of law and development. Clair's research interests relate to the relationship between trade and human rights, and the trade:(sustainable) development nexus. She is a scholar of WTO law and writes extensively on regional trade agreements and the EU's external trade policy. Her first monograph, North-South Regional Trade Agreements as Legal Regimes: A Critical Assessment of the EU-SADC Economic Partnership Agreement (Edward Elgar, 2017) has been widely celebrated for its interdisciplinary account of the EU’s trade relationships with its former colonies in the African, Caribbean and Pacific region. Clair has given expert evidence at the European Parliament and UK Parliament on matters relating to trade policy.

Clair is currently on part-time study leave (2018-2020) and leads the unit on World Trade Law at the postgraduate level. She has taught on the undergraduate units of Jurisprudence, Trusts, and Constitutional Rights. Clair is currently supervising two doctoral students and welcomes proposals from individuals with an interest in international economic law and law and development.

Research keywords

  • International Economic Law
  • International Law and Development
  • Trade and Human Rights
  • Jurisprudence