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Daniel Franchini

Position: Teaching Associate in International Law
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Academic Profile

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)

Teaching and Learning

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.

Undergraduate Postgraduate
Foundations of International Law Core Issues in International Dispute Settlement (Convenor)
International Legal Theory and Practice (Convenor) International Institutional Law (Convenor)
International and Comparative Migration Law Legal Research and Writing Skills (Co-convenor)
International Mooting International Human Rights: Philosophical, Moral, and Legal Foundations

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.

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.

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