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Clinton W. Francis

College of Law & Public Policy
Hamad bin Khalifa University


Professor Francis is the Founding Dean of HBKU’s Law School. During this post he retains his tenure at Northwestern University School of Law, where he has been on the faculty since 1978. Professor Francis obtained his initial legal training in New Zealand, where he completed LLB and LLM degrees and was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the New Zealand Supreme Court. After teaching at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, Professor Francis completed a Doctorate in Law (SJD) at the University of Virginia School of Law, with fellowships from the Fulbright and DuPont Foundations. He came to Northwestern from University of California Berkeley School of Law, where he taught as an associate. Since joining the Northwestern University School of Law faculty in 1978, Professor Francis has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards and has served on and chaired a variety of University and Law School committees. He has taught courses together with Kellogg School of Management, participates in executive training programs and regularly teaches in Seoul, South Korea. He has served on the boards of several corporations and undertakes select professional consulting assignments.

Research Interest

Commercial Law: Secured Transactions; Commercial Law: Sales; Commercial Law: Commercial Paper; Intellectual Capital Management.


  • Francis CW. (2009) 8. Language system (LS) 3.0: an agenda for a model of innovation valuation. The Role of Intellectual Property Rights in Biotechnology Innovation. 178.

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