Daniel Franchini

School of Law

Lecturer in International Law

Daniel Franchini
+44 114 222 6892

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

I joined the University of Sheffield in September 2018 while pursuing my DPhil (PhD) degree at the University of Oxford. My expertise lies in various areas of Public International Law with a particular focus on issues of State responsibility and the settlement of international disputes. My doctoral research examines the interaction between the law of State responsibility, State jurisdiction, and State immunity, and is supervised by Professor Antonios Tzanakopoulos.

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 (expected), MPhil, MJur, University of Oxford
  • LLB/LLM, University of Trento (Italy)
Research interests
  • State responsibility;
  • Jurisdiction and immunities of the state;
  • International dispute settlement;
  • International humanitarian law and use of force;
  • International criminal law;
  • International human rights law.

Journal articles

  • 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 & 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 & 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
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 that the study of international law requires an understanding of this discipline as a tool for the accommodation of competing interests of states and other global actors. For this reason, I consider it an essential part of the teaching of this subject to confront students with contemporary problems and to invite them to seek a solution through the instruments provided by this discipline. My seminars often involve the analysis of case-studies and ask students to put themselves in the shoes of international legal advisors and provide their own answers to the relevant questions.

Teaching activities

The modules I teach are:


Foundations of International Law
International Legal Theory and Practice (Convenor)
International and Comparative Migration Law
International Mooting


Core Issues in International Dispute Settlement (Convenor)
International Institutional Law (Convenor)
Legal Research and Writing Skills (Co-convenor)
International Human Rights: Philosophical, Moral, and Legal Foundations

Professional activities

Recent invited papers and keynote lectures

  • 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.