Professor Kenneth Norrie


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.


A History of Scottish Child Protection Law
Norrie Kenneth McK
White v White 2001 SC 689
Norrie Kenneth
Scottish Feminist Judgments (2019) (2019)
Case and comment : Lee v Ashers Baking Co Ltd
Norrie Kenneth
Juridical Review Vol 2019, pp. 88-95 (2019)
Adoption of adults : conceptually competent but practically pointless
Norrie Kenneth
Greens Family Law Bulletin, pp. 2-5 (2018)
Legislative Background to the Treatment of Children and Young People Living Apart from their Parents : Report for the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry
Norrie Kenneth McK
Registered partnerships in Scotland
Norrie Kenneth
The Future of Registered Partnerships (2017) (2017)

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Current Teaching Duties: Legal Methods (First Year); Domestic Relations (Second Year); Family Law Honours (Fourth Year)

Historical Teaching Experience:Property, Trusts and Succession; Delict

Overseas Teaching and Research Experience: Visiting Professorships at Regensburg, Germany; Vienna, Austria; Sydney, Australia; Cape Town, South Africa; Wellington, New Zealand.

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