Centre for Family Law and Policy

The Centre for Family Law and Policy was established sixteen years ago and has a number of academics affiliated to it, from within the Law School and from across the wider University community.

The research and scholarly activity of the centre is focused on a number of areas of family law and allied subjects and disciplines. These include the intersection of family and criminal law, and in providing a place of mediation and mediation education in family law.

Current project work includes looking at the legal responses to forced marriage and developing a cross-faculty centre of excellence in collaboration with Karma Nirvana, a registered charity which supports victims and survivors of forced marriages and honour-based violence.

Consistent with the approach of both the University and Law School towards research-informed teaching and integrating enquiry with teaching and learning, much of the research undertaken by the centre and its members actively informs our academic and professional courses at all levels.

An example is the work of Visiting Professor, Neil Robinson, into legal mediation. Mediation is increasingly important and legal mediation is a key area of research and module development for the centre.

The Centre for Family Law and Policy runs an annual conference that attracts a wide range of speakers and covers many different areas of family law that are of interest to academics, students and practitioners.