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Prof Kenneth Norrie


Graham Hills Building

Tel : +44 (0)141 548 3393


Personal Statement


Professor Norrie started his academic career as a medical lawyer and his early publications are all in that field.  Since moving to Strathclyde in 1990 his interest in Family Law has predominated and his major specialisms within that field are child protection and same-sex relationships.  He remains involved in teaching and research projects in most Private Law areas, including property, delict and International Private Law.  He has written widely in these fields and in legal history.

Professor Norrie continues to see himself as a private law generalist and is proud to put teaching at the centre of all he does, including writing and research.  He believes that academic lawyers have an obligation to write for students, the legal profession, policy-makers, legislators, and the wider academic community - in that order.  His research work is almost exclusively doctrinal as opposed to empirical.

Research Interests


Primary research interests: all areas of family law and in particular child protection and same-sex relationships; religion and family law; parent and child

Secondary research interests: professional negligence, defamation, private international law; all areas of private law

Academic / Professional qualifications

Research and Teaching Interests

He presently teaches Domestic Relations, Delict, Legal Methods and Family Law Honours. He is Adviser of Studies to all First Year LLB students, together with the Graduate Entrant LLB students and the Part-time LLB students.

Postgraduate Research Supervision

Professor Norrie has had experience over many years of supervising higher degree research theses in medical law, privacy and child law. Today, he particularly welcomes LLM (research) and PhD students in child protection law, sexual orientation law, privacy and defamation, cohabitants’ rights, and all other aspects of family law.

Degrees and Honours

  • LLB (Dundee 1981); Dip. LP (Dundee 1982); PhD (Aberdeen 1988)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Honorary President, Scottish Young Lawyers Association

Employment History

Professor Norrie joined Strathclyde Law School as a lecturer in 1990, having previously been a Lecturer in Law at the Universities of Aberdeen (1983-1990) and Dundee (1982-1983). Strathclyde University promoted him to a chair in law in 1995 and he served, from 2001 to 2007, as Head of the Law School, overseeing its structural move to a new Faculty and its physical relocation to purpose-designed accommodation. Before and after his time as Head he spent periods as visiting Professor at the Universities of Regensburg, Germany (1990); Vienna, Austria and Budapest, Hungary (1996); Sydney, Australia (1997); Cape Town, South Africa (2007-8); and Wellington, New Zealand (2008-09).

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