Dr Clara Chapdelaine-Feliciati joined XJTLU as Associate Professor in 2022. A qualified lawyer (Barrister and Solicitor) with the Law Society of Upper Canada, Dr Chapdelaine-Feliciati brings her legal expertise to the Department of International Studies, School of Social Sciences and Humanities


Dr Chapdelaine-Feliciati holds a PhD in International Law from the University of Oxford, a Master of Laws from King’s College London, a diploma in French Civil Law and European Law from Paris II Panthéon-Assas as well as a Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Civil Law from McGill University. "This training in the two main legal traditions – civil law and Common Law – has been extremely useful in my research to examine the implementation of international standards in monist and dualist states worldwide", says Dr Chapdelaine-Feliciati.

"My research is truly interdisciplinary, I apply the science of legal semiotics to study the signs and symbols in law and diplomacy, especially as concerns treaty-making and States’ duty of due diligence under international law. It is important to examine the origins and implications of international policies, and to leave no stone unturned in one’s inquiry."

As an International researcher with the China Global Academic Alliance for partnership on a community with a shared future, Dr Chapdelaine-Feliciati also contributes to research mobilization for the general public in China and abroad. She was Keynote Speaker at the International Conference on Media Literacy held at the Communication University of China in Beijing.

Before joining XJTLU, she was Assistant Professor at York University, where she was Graduate Program Director in the School of Public and International Affairs and taught international law in English and French.

She brings a practical perspective to international relations, having worked as Project Officer at the UNICEF Office of Research in Florence, Italy, and the International Criminal Court, Office of the Prosecutor, Prosecution Division, in The Hague, the Netherlands. She speaks five languages and published in several law journals.

"I particularly welcome working with an interdisciplinary team of scholars from various countries and teaching an international community of students at XJTLU. I understand the challenge and the important rewards of studying in a language that is not one’s native language, as it opens up an entire universe and new ways of thinking. Students in our department receive training that is useful for future careers as diplomats, state delegates for regional, international and bilateral agreements and meetings, as well as international institutions", says Dr Chapdelaine-Feliciati.

Her book on the Status of the Girl Child under International Law with Cambridge University Press is forthcoming.

Editorial support by Dr Clara Chapdelaine-Feliciati

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