Claire is a Reader in the Law School at Strathclyde University where she specialises in Criminal Law, with a particular interest in the law on homicide. Her research interests lie in the area of legal responses to children who offend and particularly to those who commit serious crimes. She has written extensively on the age of criminal responsibility and the child’s criminal capacity with an interest in children’s rights. She teaches Criminal Law at pass and honours levels and also offers a masters level class called Childhood and Crime.
She is currently working on a Scottish Government funded project on the role of the safeguarder in the children’s hearings system and a Carnegie Trust-funded project on jointly reported children.
She was a member of the children’s panel for the city of Glasgow from 1996 until 2006. She is currently the Deputy Head of the Law School, a member of the AHRC’s Peer Review College, an external examiner for postgraduate taught courses in Criminal law related subjects at Edinburgh University and a member of the Law Society of Scotland’s Board of Examiners.