Harriet’s areas of focus at Chatham House currently include state responsibility, China’s approach to international law, sexual violence in conflict, and business and human rights.
Before joining Chatham House, Harriet was a legal adviser at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, where she advised on a wide range of international law issues.
Harriet has represented the UK in the Council of Europe, in cases before the European Court of Human Rights, and at bilateral and multilateral treaty negotiations.
Prior to that, Harriet trained and worked as an associate solicitor for Clifford Chance LLP in the firm’s London and Singapore offices.
Harriet graduated from Cambridge University and has a Masters from Oxford University in International Human Rights Law, for which she was awarded the Morris Prize for best overall result.
Harriet has lectured on international humanitarian law as part of Oxford University’s Foreign Relations Programme.
Areas of expertise
Public international law:
- International human rights law
- International humanitarian law
|2015 -||Associate Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House|
|2013-15||MSt, International Human Rights Law, New College, University of Oxford|
|2004-12||Assistant Legal Adviser, Foreign & Commonwealth Office|
|2003-04||Postgrad Diploma in Competition Law, Kings College, London|
|2001-04||Associate Solicitor, Clifford Chance LLP|
|1994-97||MA (Hons) Classics, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge|
- China’s Evolving Approach to International Dispute Settlement Chatham House Briefing 29 March 2017
- Aiding and Assisting: Challenges in Armed Conflict and Counterterrorism Research paper 14 November 2016
- Offensive Cyberattacks Would Need to Balance Lawful Deterrence and the Risks of Escalation 23 March 2018
- States Must Make Sure Cooperation Does Not Become Complicity 11 November 2016
- Assessing the Legal Basis for UK Military Action in Syria 26 November 2015
- UK Drone Strike on ISIS Raises Legal Questions 15 September 2015
- Aiding and Assisting: The Mental Element under Article 16 of the ILC’s Articles on State Responsibility International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 2017
- Regulating the Past: the European Court of Human Rights' Approach to the Investigation of Deaths and Jurisdiction Ratione Temporis under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights British Yearbook of International Law, 2017
- State Complicity in Other States' Bad Acts, and How to Avoid It Just Security, November 2016
- Principle or pragmatism? The Supreme Court’s judgment in Keyu and others v Secretary of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs EJIL: Talk!, 2015