LLM Comparative and European Private Law

Programme staff

Staff teaching on the core courses of the LLM in Comparative and European Private Law for 2018/19 are experts in their field and are actively involved in cutting-edge research in various areas of private law.

Professor Alexandra Braun, Lord President Reid Chair of Law (Programme Director 2018/19)

Professor Braun holds the Lord President Reid Chair in Law. She joined Edinburgh Law School in August 2017, having previously been Professor of Comparative Private Law at the University of Oxford and a Fellow and Tutor in Law at Lady Margaret Hall. She is an elected Associate Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law as well as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of European and Comparative Law in Oxford, and an Honorary Research Fellow at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford.

Professor Braun’s research focuses primarily on the fields of succession law and the law of trusts, particularly in historical and comparative contexts, areas in which she has published extensively. She is also interested in broader questions of succession law concerning the boundaries of this field of law, the impact of the transfer of wealth on questions of intergenerational equality, as well as the study of the cultural history of inheritance. Other interests include legal history, legal education, the study of the intellectual history of the law and, especially, the development of various forms of legal scholarship and its interaction with and impact upon judicial decision-making.

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Dr Gillian Black, Senior Lecturer

Gillian Black is a Senior Lecturer in Law, with teaching and research interests in family law, particularly adult relationships, parent/child relationships, and heraldry.  She also researches contract law, and privacy and data protection. 

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Dr Dan Carr, Senior Lecturer in Private Law

Dan Carr joined the School of Law in August 2011 having read for his LLB and MSc by research at the School of Law. In 2010, he was awarded his doctorate, ‘Equity in Scots Law’ by the University of Cambridge. Between 2009-2011, he was a lecturer at the University of Dundee, where he taught Legal Method and Systems; Administrative Law, Scottish Property Law; English Law of Land, Trusts and Equity; Commercial Law and Criminal Law.

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Professor David Fox, Chair of Common Law

Professor Fox holds the Chair of Common Law. He is a barrister in England and Wales, with a door tenancy at Maitland Chambers in London and is a contributing editor to recent editions of Snell’s Equity.  His research interests have a strong historical and comparative focus.  They concentrate on the formation of modern trust and property doctrine in common law systems, and on the private law applicable to money.

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Ms Katy MacFarlane, Senior Teaching Fellow in Child and Family Law

Katy’s particular area of interest is Child and Family Law. Between 2002 and 2007, Katy lectured and taught courses on the LL.B, Diploma in Professional Legal Practice (DPLP) and Trainee Continuing Professional Development (TCPD) before being appointed as a Teaching Fellow in the Law School in 2008 and a Senior Teaching Fellow in 2014.

Before joining the Law School she headed up the Scottish Child Law Centre from 1997 to 2007. Katy is a qualified solicitor, Safeguarder for the Children’s Hearing System, Reporter in Family Law Actions in Edinburgh Sheriff Court

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Professor Laura Macgregor, Chair of Commercial Contract Law (on sabbatical 2018/19 academic year)

Laura Macgregor holds the chair of Commercial Contract Law and was formerly Visiting Professor in International Commercial Law, Radboud University, Nijmegen.

Laura's interests lie in the field of commercial law, specifically contract law, agency law and partnership.  Her research considers Scots law in its comparative context, both European and global. She is also interested in legal history.

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Dr John Macleod, Senior Lecturer in Private Law

John MacLeod joined the Law School in 2018 from the University of Glasgow. His interests range across private and commercial law, with a particular focus on structural and taxonomical questions, the law of delict, the law of property and the law of debt. He has worked extensively with the Scottish Law Commission and the Law Reform Committee of the Law Society of Scotland. He also delivers CPD across a range of topics.

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Professor Claudio Michelon, Professor of Philosophy of Law

Claudio Michelon graduated LLB in 1992 from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil) and, in 1996 obtained an M.Phil by research from the same University. He gained his doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in 2001. From 2001 to 2006 he lived in Brazil and was an assistant professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul while also practicing as a lawyer. He joined Edinburgh Law School in 2007.

Claudio Michelon's research focuses on (i) legal reasoning and legal decision-making and on (ii) the underlying normative structure of private law doctrines, rules, and concepts.

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Professor Hector MacQueen, Chair of Private Law

Hector MacQueen has been a member of the Edinburgh Law School staff since 1979, having also taken his LL.B and Ph.D at Edinburgh. Appointed to the Chair of Private Law in 1994, he was also Dean of the Law School, 1999-2003.

Professor MacQueen's research and teaching focus on three major areas: (1) the history of law; (2) the private law of obligations; and (3) intellectual property.

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Professor Elspeth Christie Reid, Personal Chair in Scottish Private Law (on sabbatical, semester 2, 2018/19 academic year)

Professor Reid's main research interests are in Scottish private law. She is currently working on a monograph for Edinburgh University Press on The Scots Law of Delict.

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Professor Kenneth Reid, Chair of Scots Law (on sabbatical, semester 2, 2018/19 academic year)

Kenneth Reid was appointed to the Chair of Property Law in 1994, having previously been a lecturer (from 1980) and then a senior lecturer. Since 2008 he has held the Chair of Scots Law. His main research interests lie in the general area of property law, both moveable and immoveable, and including: the classification of proprietorial rights; servitudes and other perpetual restrictions on the use of land; the transfer of property; land registration; trusts; and comparative property law. He is also interested in doctrinal legal history, especially of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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Ms Lorna Richardson, Lecturer in Commercial Law (on leave)

Lorna Richardson joined the Law School after seven years practising as a commercial litigator, with major Scottish law firms. Her particular interests include contract law, particularly in relation to formation, interpretation and breach. In her time in practice Lorna acted in a number of contract dispute cases which generated significant comment. Lorna is also interested in contract law in a comparative context.

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Dr Guido Rossi, Lecturer in European Legal History

Guido joined the School of Law in 2013. Before that he served as Stipendiary Lecturer in Law at St Catherine's College, Oxford. He was educated in Pavia (Italy) and Cambridge.

His main research interests lie in Legal History, especially late medieval and early modern Civil law, Canon law, and mercantile law. Secondary research interests include Roman law, Comparative law and economic history.

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Dr Verónica Ruiz Abou-Nigm, Lecturer in International Private Law

Dr Verónica Ruiz Abou-Nigm specializes in private international law and shipping law. She has a great deal of experience in these fields both in practice in Uruguay and as an academic in the UK. Her main areas of research and teaching are private international law and shipping law. Other research interests include international commercial litigation, international commercial arbitration, air law, oil and gas law, comparative law, and the interaction between public and private international law.

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Academic staff listed above are subject to change for the 2018/19 academic year. Staff listed as on sabbatical will not be available to teach for the duration of their sabbatical.