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Clare Patton


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Research Interests

Clare's research interests lie at the intersection of business, health, and human rights. She graduated from Queen's University Belfast in December 2017 with a PhD in the field of corporate law. The thesis was a socio-legal study of multi-national corporations (MNCs) who use breast cancer as a form of cause-related marketing. She identified a typology used by MNCs of the 'ideal breast cancer patient'. In 2018, Clare became the inaugural ESRC NINE DTP Fellow in the School of Law when she won ESRC funding to carry out a study to empirically test her PhD hypothesis. She carried out this research project in the Health and Human Rights Unit under the mentorship of Professor Therese Murphy. In September 2019, Clare hosted a symposium at QUB to present her research findings. This working paper has now been adapted to an academic article and is due for publication in 2020. Clare continues to work with stakeholders to implement the changes to breast cancer cause-related marketing campaigns that she mapped out during her fellowship research.

Clare is currently working on developing a rights-based approach to infant formula marketing. She is involved in two international projects studying international and state-level responses to marketing breaches by the breastmilk substitute (BMS) industry. She is especially interested in the digital marketing practices of the BMS industry. 


Clare uses a research-led teaching approach in the design and delivery of her Business and Human Rights modules which she teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is module convener for the LLM Business and Human Rights module and the Corporate Governance LLM module. Clare has also taught Legal Methods & Skills; Tort Law; EU Constitutional Law; Constitutional Law in Context; Contemporary Issues in the Law of Obligations and various skills masterclasses such as plagiarism and referencing sessions. 

Clare recognised a gap in the skills development of law students and in 2018 designed and developed the Global Skills Project (GSP). The core focus of GSP is the enhancement of the soft skills of QUB law students. The students attend bespoke sessions on topics such as public speaking; critical thinking; the importance of using 'plain English in the law'; peer-to-peer collaboration; independent research; interdisciplinary research; vlog filming and editing and blog publication. Some of the sessions GSP has delivered include Law & Storytelling with Booker prizewinning author Roddy Doyle and a Q&A session on communicating with a wide audience with Belfast-based journalist Amanda Ferguson. Upcoming events for GSP students include the final of the 'Law Reform Project' which will see GSP students orally defend their proposed legislative amendments in front of an esteemed panel of legal experts (postponed due to Covid-19).

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Research Output

  • 3 Article
  • 3 Other contribution
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  • Open Access
  • Rang-Tan, Iceland and Greenpeace: How a cartoon orangutan opened up the debate on the politics of charity advertising

    Patton, C., Hackett, C. & O'Kelly, C., 16 Nov 2018, Cambridge Core blog: Business and Human Rights Journal Blog

    Research output: Other contribution

  • Prizes

    ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship

    Patton, Clare (Recipient), 01 Oct 2018

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

    Exceptional Involvement in Education

    Patton, Clare (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Faculty Research Initiatives Fund

    Patton, Clare (Recipient), 01 Aug 2018

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    QUB Student Led Initiative

    Patton, Clare (Recipient), 2017

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Infant Feeding Decisions in the Digital Era

    Clare Patton (Organiser)

    Mar 2020

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

    Lawyers Infant Feeding Collective (Event)

    Clare Patton (Chair)


    Activity: Membership typesMembership of network

    Employer Roundtable, School of Law Queen's University Belfast

    Clare Patton (Session chair)

    28 Feb 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Defending the Defenders

    Clare Patton (Organiser), & Laura Steele (Organiser)

    22 Apr 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Breast Cancer Cause-Related Marketing: Welcoming an Era of More Diverse Campaigns

    Clare Patton (Organiser)


    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference