LLM Comparative and European Private Law

Programme staff

Staff teaching on the core courses of the LLM in Comparative and European Private Law for 2017/18 are experts in their field and are actively involved in cutting-edge research in various areas of private law.

Professor Alexandra Braun
Programme Director 2017/18

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 (On sabbatical 2017/18 academic year) 

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, 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

Professor Fox holds the Chair of Common Law at theUniversity of Edinburgh. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand and received his PhD degree from the University of Cambridge.

Before coming to Edinburgh, he was for many years a Fellow of St John’s College in the University of Cambridge, where his teaching touched on most aspects of private law, concentrating on property, trusts, and monetary law. He has also held visiting posts at the National University of Singapore. 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 modern trust and property doctrine in common law systems, and on the private law applicable to money.

Professor Laura Macgregor 

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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Professor Hector MacQueen

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, Professor of Scottish Private Law

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, Professor of Scots Law

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

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 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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The full staff list for 2018/19 will be confirmed shortly.