Dr Daniel Franchini

School of Law

Lecturer in International Law

Daniel Franchini
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Dr Daniel Franchini
School of Law
Bartolomé House
Winter Street
S3 7ND

I joined the University of Sheffield in September 2018. Before coming to Sheffield, I taught and worked toward my DPhil (PhD) degree at the University of Oxford.

My expertise lies in various areas of Public International Law with a particular focus on the settlement of international disputes. My doctoral research examined the interaction between the law of state responsibility, state jurisdiction, and state immunity, and passed with ‘no corrections’.

In Oxford, I taught Public International Law at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and was the Convenor of the Oxford Transitional Justice Research group in 2017. I also coached the Oxford team for the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in 2016 and contributed to various research projects for Oxford Pro Bono Publico.

Prior to that, I was a law clerk in the Appeals Chamber of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and in Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. I also practised as a trainee lawyer in Venice and dealt with applications before the European Court of Human Rights.

  • DPhil, MJur, University of Oxford; 
  • MA Law, University of Trento (Italy)
Research interests
  • International Dispute Settlement
  • Sanctions and International Law
  • State Responsibility
  • Jurisdiction and Immunities of the State
  • International Investment Law

Deputy Director of the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law Research Cluster.


Journal articles

  • (2023) The Changing Character of International Dispute Settlement. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Franchini D () State Immunity and Third-Party Limits on the Jurisdiction of Domestic Courts. International & Comparative Law Quarterly. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Franchini D () Extraterritorial Sanctions in Response to Global Security Challenges: Countermeasures as Gap Fillers in the United Nations Collective Security System. Cambridge International Law Journal. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Franchini D () State immunity as a tool of foreign policy : the unanswered question of certain Iranian assets. Virginia Journal of International Law, 60(2). View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download


  • Franchini D & Buchan R (2023) The Obligation of Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes, The Changing Character of International Dispute Settlement (pp. 15-44). Cambridge University Press RIS download Bibtex download
  • Franchini D & Tzanakopoulos A (2018) The Kosovo crisis - 1999 In Ruys T, Corten O & Hofer A (Ed.), The Use of Force in International Law A Case-Based Approach Oxford University Press, USA RIS download Bibtex download

Website content

  • Franchini D Ukraine Symposium – Seizure of Russian State Assets: State Immunity and Countermeasures. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Franchini D South Korea’s denial of Japan’s immunity for international crimes: Restricting or bypassing the law of state immunity?. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Franchini D & Buchan R WhatsApp v. NSO Group: State Immunity and Cyber Spying. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Franchini DF ‘With Friends Like That, Who Needs Enemies?’: Extraterritorial Sanctions Following the United States’ Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Agreement. RIS download Bibtex download
Title/Description Awarding Body People Involved Dates Amounts
The Changing Character of International Dispute Settlement: Prospects and Challenges The Society of Legal Scholars

Nicholas Tsagourias

Daniel Franchini

Russell Buchan

2019-2021 £3,500
Teaching interests

I teach across various areas of public international law which reflect my varied research interests. I encourage students to create connections between issues and trends that emerge in multiple contexts and to bring to the table questions and solutions that they acquired in other modules and/or are close to their own experience.

I believe in the value of a learning experience that engages and inspires by showing the impact that a discipline such as international law – a ‘tool’ for the accommodation of competing interests of states and other global actors –  has on everyday life. In my teaching I rely on case studies and real-life examples and I invite students to place themselves in the shoes of decision makers and think critically about the implications of different perspectives on issues as diverse as international investments, human rights, protection of the environment, and cyber-conflicts.

Teaching activities

The modules I teach are:


  • Foundations of International Law
  • Advanced Issues in International Law


  • Core Issues in International Dispute Settlement (convenor)
  • International Institutional Law (convenor)
  • Legal Research & Writing Skills (convenor)
  • International Law and the Protection of Foreign Investment (convenor)
Professional activities and memberships

Deputy Director Member of the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law Research Cluster.

Editor in Chief of the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law Working Papers Series.

Recent invited papers and keynote lectures

  • ‘The Engagement of Domestic Courts with International Cyber Disputes’ (March 2021). Paper presented at the online conference ‘The Peaceful Settlement of Cyber Disputes', University of Sheffield.
  • ‘The Amazon Fires as International Crimes?’ (October 2019). Invited to present at ‘ELSA: Hot Topic’ lecture, University of Sheffield.
  • ‘Suing Foreign States Before U.S. Courts: Non-Recognition of State Immunity as a Response to Internationally Wrongful Acts’ (December 2017). Paper presented at the ASIL Annual Workshop of the International Law In Domestic Courts Interest Group, University of California, Los Angeles.
  • ‘Judicial Countermeasures: the case of State Immunity’ (September 2016). Paper presented at the Society of Legal Scholars Graduate Conference, Jesus College, University of Oxford.