Françoise Hampson taught at the University of Dundee from 1975 to 1983 and has been at the University of Essex since then.
She was an independent expert member of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights from 1998-2007. Since December 2016, she has been a member of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi. She has successfully litigated many cases before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and in recognition of her contribution to the development of law in this area, was awarded the 1998 Human Rights Lawyer of the Year award jointly with her colleague from the Human Rights Centre, Professor Kevin Boyle. Together with Professor Noam Lubell, Françoise submitted third party interventions to the European Court of Human Rights in Hasan v. UK and Georgia v. Russia (no.2).
She has acted as a consultant on humanitarian law to the International Committee of the Red Cross and taught at Staff Colleges or equivalents in the UK, USA, Canada and Ghana. She regularly teaches on courses and workshops at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, San Remo.
She has taught, researched and published widely in the fields of armed conflict, international humanitarian law and on the European Convention on Human Rights.