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.


English and Scottish adoption orders and British parental orders after surrogacy : welfare, competence and judicial legislation
Norrie Kenneth McK.
Child and Family Law Quarterly Vol 29, (2016)
Appellate deference in Scottish child protection cases
Norrie Kenneth
Edinburgh Law Review Vol 20, pp. 149-177, (2016)
Surrogacy in the United Kingdom : an inappropriate use of the welfare principle
Norrie Kenneth
Implementing Article 3 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the ChildImplementing Article 3 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, (2016)
The changing concept of 'Family' and challenges for family law in Scotland
Norrie Kenneth McK.
European Famly LawEuropean Famly Law, (2016)
Parenthood and artificial reproduction : the dangers of inappropropriate medicalisation
Norrie Kenneth
Inspiring a Medico-Legal RevolutionInspiring a Medico-Legal Revolution, (2015)
Scottish Family Law
Norrie Kenneth McK.
Edinburgh Law Essentials, (2015)

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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