Dr Francesca Farrington

Dr Francesca Farrington
Dr Francesca Farrington
Dr Francesca Farrington


Office Address
C44 Taylor Building
Old Aberdeen Campus
High Street
AB24 3UB

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School of Law


Francesca joined the School in August 2022 after completing her doctoral studies at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge. She has a broad interest in law and development, business and human rights and legal theory. In the development context, her research focuses on rule of law promotion, institutional theories of law,  development policy, and rights-based approaches to development. In this regard, she is interested in how research on the ontology of law can inform development practice, particularly as it relates to legal transplants. As for business and human rights, she is primarily interested in transnational corporations' accountability for human rights violations. 

In Aberdeen, she is an active member of the Anti-SLAPP Research Hub where she and her colleagues investigate the strategic use of litigation to suppress freedom of expression on matters of public interest. She has acted as a consultant on SLAPPs for the European Parliament and the United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights.

Outside of the University of Aberdeen, Francesca is an Associate Researcher on the POPBACK project (funded by the NORFACE network) which examines democratic backsliding and the crisis of the rule of law in the European Union from a multi-disciplinary perspective. She is also a member of the Rule of Law and Economic Development Working Group at McGill University.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

Public Engagement Officer for the Anti-SLAPP Research Hub.

LGBT+ Ally for the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Member of the Centre for Private International Law.

External Memberships

Associated Researcher for POPBACK Project investigating Populist Backlash, Democratic Backsliding, and the Crisis of the Rule of Law in the European Union.

Collaborator with Rule of Law and Economic Development Research Group (McGill University)

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Prizes and Awards

Yorke Prize (Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge 2023)


Teaching Responsibilities

Law and Sustainable Development

Law and Sustainable Global Value Chains

Politics of Human Rights


Corporate Governance

Comparative and International Perspectives on Company Law

Private International Law


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