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Inaugural Lecture of Professor Gillian Black

Inaugural Lecture of Gillian Black


Playfair Library, 
Old College,
South Bridge


Fri 14 June 2024
Doors at 5pm
Event begins at 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Edinburgh Law School presents the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Gillian Black 

Happy Families? Privacy and Protection in Family Law

About the lecture

Family life is generally regarded as a private matter for the family members. This gives rise to a troubling tension at the heart of family law: how should the state respect the privacy of the family while protecting vulnerable family members? By examining specific areas of family law – including the legal regulation of divorce, sexual intimacy, domestic abuse, and the family courts – I will assess how the law currently strikes this balance, and ask: does it get it right?


About the Speaker

Gillian is Professor of Scots Private Law at the University of Edinburgh, a Commissioner at the Scottish Law Commission, and Linlithgow Pursuivant Extraordinary in the Court of the Lord Lyon.

Her teaching and research interests lie principally in family law, contract law, and privacy, with a special research interest in heraldry. She has published widely across these fields. At the Scottish Law Commission, Gillian is leading the Aspects of Family Law Reform project, reviewing civil remedies for domestic abuse.

She graduated from Glasgow University and then qualified as a solicitor with Shepherd & Wedderburn in 2002. In 2004, Gillian took up a Teaching Assistant post at Glasgow University, before joining Edinburgh Law School as a Lecturer in 2005. She completed her PhD on publicity rights in Scots law at Edinburgh in 2009.

Gillian is also an Academic Associate member of Harcourt Chambers, London, and a Visiting Professor at Edinburgh Napier University.


This event will be followed by a reception at the Playfair Library. 

This event is free and open to all but registration is required using the link below.


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