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1982 …2019
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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

Teaching Interests


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.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Aberdeen

Bachelor of Laws, University of Dundee


  • Scottish Private Law
  • Parent and Child
  • Child Law
  • Child Protection
  • Children's Rights
  • Sexual Orientation Law
  • Same-Sex Relationships
  • Gay Law
  • Delict
  • Defamation
  • Legal History
  • Professional Negligence

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Research Output 1982 2019

Case and comment: Lee v Ashers Baking Co Ltd

Norrie, K., 21 Mar 2019, In : Juridical Review. 2019, 1, p. 88-95 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Supreme Court Decisions
Northern Ireland
court decision
Supreme Court

White v White 2001 SC 689

Norrie, K., 12 Dec 2019, Scottish Feminist Judgments: (Re)Creating the Law from the Outside In. Cowan, S., Kennedy, C. & Munro, V. E. (eds.). Oxford, p. 155-165 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter