Dr Lorna Gillies



Personal statement

I am a Lecturer in Commercial Law, prior to which I was Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Leicester and Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex. I have previously taught at the Univerisity of Strathclyde to full time and part time LLB, LLM and Diploma in Legal Practice Students. I have been a Fellow of the HEA since 2007 and a Full Member of the ILTHE between 2003-2007. I am a Member of the Consumer Law Sub Committee of the Law Society of Scotland.


Has expertise in:

    My area of expertise is international private law. I have a particular interest in three areas: the creation and operation of rules of international jurisdiction to commercial and private disputes across borders, the interaction between jurisdiction and technology, and the impact of fundamental rights on international private law.

    More broadly, I am interested in commercial law; in particular domestic and international sale of goods, consumer rights and the digital agenda, and the emerging concept of digital fundamental rights.

    My early work on international jurisdiction rules for cross-border consumer contracts was referenced by AG Trstenjak in C585/08 and C-144/09 Pammer and Alpenholf (at 4 and 33). In terms of policy and outreach, I have participated in the UK Ministry of Justice's Review of the Balance of Competences in Civil Judicial Cooperation (February 2014), contributed to consultations on topics such as the EU Proposal for a Common European Sales Law and the draft Defamation and Malicious Communications (Scotland) Bill. In 2017 Lorna presented to MSPs at the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood on the impact of Brexit on cross-border judicial cooperation and organised a Roundtable event on Protecting Consumer's Rights in a Post-Brexit Scotland with the Scottish Government. 

    I have been a co-investigator for a Modern Law Review Seminar Series (2013) on the Legal Challenges of Social Media (Elgar, 2017).

    Since 2012 I have convened a Conflict of Laws Scholars Forum which since 2014 converted into a UK Private International Law academic network with Professor Sophia Tang, University of Newcastle. Alongside Professor Andrew Dickinson and Dr Maire Ni Shuilleabhain, I also co-convene a new and very popular Conflict of Laws subject section for the Society of Legal Scholars.

    In September 2017, together with colleagues at Strathclyde Law School, I succesfully obtained a Framework Agreement with the Scottish Parliament (SPICe) for research services vis-a-vis Brexit.

    I am a Member of the Law Society of Scotland, the Scottish Universities Law Network on Europe (SULNE), the International Association of Consumer Lawyers and the Society of Legal Scholars.


I have a LLB (Honours) in Law, a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice and a PhD in Law all from the University of Strathclyde. I am a non-practising Member of the Law Society of Scotland and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


Realizing the objectives of public international environmental law through private contracts : the need for a dialogue with private international law scholars
Morgera Elisa, Gillies Lorna
Linkages and Boundaries in Private and Public International Law (2018) (2018)
The Legal Challenges of Social Media
Gillies Lorna E, Mangan David
Law, Technology and Society Law, Technology and Society (2017)
Recent developments in the approximation of EU private international laws : towards mutual trust, mutual recognition and enhancing social justice in civil and commercial matters
Gillies Lorna E
Research Handbook on EU Consumer and Contract Law (2016) (2016)
The contribution of jurisdiction as a technique of demand side regulation in claims for the recovery of cultural objects
Gillies Lorna E
Journal of Private International Law Vol 11, pp. 295-316 (2015)
Fundamental rights and judicial cooperation in the decisions of the Court of Justice on the Brussels I Regulation 2009-2014 : the story so far
Gillies Lorna
Fundamental Rights in the EU (2015) (2015)
The EU optional instrument : absorbing the private international law implications of a common european sales law
Kenny Mel, Gillies Lorna, James Devenney,
Yearbook of Private International Law 2011 (2012) (2012)

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I am a member of teaching teams in International Private Law and Commercial Law classes to LLB Ordinary and LLB Honours students, Internet Law to LLB Honours students and the E-Commerce class to campus IT&T LLM students. I am class co-ordinator for Involuntary Obligations (LLB), Law of International Business (LLM) and a new (2017) International Private Law Honours class. I supervise across the entire spectrum, from LLB Honours Dissertations to DL IT&T LLM Dissertations and PhDs. I am the School of Law contact for the Strathclyde Business School's MSc in International Management and Law. In the School of Law, I Chair the Student Affairs Committee and the Athena Swan Assessment Team.

I have been an external examiner for the Universities of Sheffield and City, University of London and I am currently an external examiner for the University of Edinburgh and City University of Hong Kong.

Research interests

My principal research interests focus on the commercial aspects of international private law/conflict of laws. I am specifically interested in the field's interaction with EU law, public international law, information technology and fundamental rights. My current research and recent publications focus on the relevance of the EU on the reform and development of international private law theory and practice in a range of disputes (such as the effect on cross-border consumer contracts, the protection of cultural objects), the relationship between international jurisdiction and particular fundamental rights (access to a court, fair hearing) and the legal challenges of social media to cross-border disputes.

Professional activities

‘Cross-Border Consumer Protection: Enhancing the rights of Scottish consumers in light of Brexit’
Law Society of Scotland (External organisation)
Linkages and Boundaries in Public and Private International Law, Hart 2018 Book Launch
The Legal Challenges of Social Media, Book Launch
St Andrew's House Civil Judicial Cooperation Roundtable
EU Brexit Briefing Seminar on Cross-Border Civil and Criminal Justice

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Brexit - Framework Agreement
Gillies, Lorna (Principal Investigator)
23-Jan-2017 - 23-Jan-2020

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