Claire YauClaire Yau


Thesis Title: The extent to which international law deters and suppresses terrorist use of cyber space for recruitment, funding and propaganda purposes

Supervisors: Dr Russell Buchan and Professor Nicholas Tsagourias


LLB Law with Criminology (with a year abroad), University of Sheffield & Uppsala University Sweden (2010-2014)
LLM International Law, University of Sheffield (2014-2015)

Scope of Research

My research will explore the extent to which international law regulates the use of cyber space for the means of eliciting terrorism. This research examines the use of cyber space as a tool for terrorism, with non-state actors exploiting the Internet for the purposes of furthering their political and ideological goals. The objective of this research is to assess the adequacy of existing international legal principles, and their effectiveness at regulating cyber terrorist activities. It is fundamental to identify where the shortcomings lie within international law, in order to make long lasting and effective changes to regulate cyber terrorism and achieve international global security.

Research Interests

Public International Law, International Law and Cyberspace, Cybersecurity, International Human Rights Law, Use of Force

Research Centre

Sheffield Centre for International and European Law (SCIEL)


Family Law (LAW 118)

Research Responsibilities

Research Assistant for Dr. Paul J. Cardwell, titled ‘The UK and EU External Relations Law and Policy – Why Does it Matter?’ funded by the ESRC at the University of Sheffield (April -July 2016)


University of Sheffield School of Law Scholarship 2016