Dr Eva Steiner
Eva Steiner is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of the LLB English Law & French Law programme, having joined the Dickson Poon School of Law at King's in 1988 as a lecturer in French Law.
A graduate from the University of Paris, she holds a Doctorate in Private Law and Criminal Sciences (with distinction-Paris).
Before moving to England in 1987 she was a full-time lecturer in civil and criminal law at the University of Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne.
She is also a qualified Avocat and was a member of the Paris Bar from1981 to 1987.
Eva Steiner’s main areas of research are French and Comparative Law. Within these fields she has written on such varied topics as criminal omissions, the prosecution or war criminals, surrogacy and, more recently, codification of the law, civil registered partnerships, the right to knowledge of one’s origins and same-sex parenthood.
Her major work ‘French Law: A Comparative Approach’ (OUP, 2010) is widely used in the UK and abroad.
In 2006 she was appointed Expert witness in French law in the inquest in the death of the Princess of Wales in Paris in 1997. She was called to give evidence in the High Court in front of coroner Lord Justice Scott Baker.
She has also acted as a referee or an expert witness in French law for a number of solicitors firms and official bodies, including the Nuffield Foundation, the BBC and, more recently, the Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police.
Since 2005, at the request of the French Ministry of Justice and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), she has been taking part in a number of major European research projects on various topical issues such as the best interest principle in children law, human trafficking and the law of ancillary relief.
In 2012 she was appointed General Reporter for the 18th Congress of the International Academy of Comparative Law (2014 Vienna).
She is a member of the Société de Législation Comparée (Paris) and of the Franco-British Lawyers Society.
Selection of publications
'French Law: A Comparative Approach', 418pp, Oxford University Press, 2010
‘French Legal Method’, 241pp, Oxford University Press, 2002
Selected Book Chapters
‘La Reconnaissance de l’Homoparentalité en Droit Anglais face à la Dimension Biologique de la Filiation et à l’Intérêt Supérieur de l’Enfant’ in Homoparentalité ? Approche Comparative, (Bouvier de Rubia and Voinnesson eds),Paris : Société de Législation Comparée, 2012, 105
‘La Gestation pour Autrui en Droit Anglais : entre Permission et Prohibition’, in La Gestation pour Autrui - Surrogate Motherhood (F. Moneger ed), Paris : Société de Législation Comparée’, 2011, 39
‘La Revendication des Biens Culturels Mobiliers en Droit Anglais : Cadre Juridique Général et Instruments du Droit Pénal’, in La Revendication du Patrimoine Ecrit (Cornu and Fromageau eds), Paris : l’Harmattan, 2009, 153-175.
‘La Tradition Juridique Anglaise de Rédaction et d’Interprétation des Lois face au Phénomène Actuel d’Européanisation du Droit’, in S. Robin Olivier and D. Fasquelle (eds), ‘Les Echanges entre les Droits, l’Expérience Communautaire’, Bruylant, 2008, 273
‘The French Civil Partnership, Five Years on: An Assessment’, in ‘French Civil Code: Its Relevance to the Common Law World and Beyond’, (D. Fairgrieve, editor), London: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2007, 143
‘Tensions between Legal, Biological and Social Conceptions of Parenthood’, (I. Schwenzer ed.), European Family Law Series, 2007, 159-175.
‘L’Enseignement du Droit Français en Pays de Common Law: Enjeux et Défis du Temps Présent’, in ‘De Tous Horizons’- Mélanges X. Blanc-Jouvan (Essays in honour of X. Blanc-Jouvan), (B. Fauvarque-Cosson, E. Picard, A. Voinesson, editors), Paris: Société de Legislation Comparée, 2005, pp. 355-368
Access to Legal Norms-An issue of Fundamental Freedom (forthcoming)
The New President, his Wife and the Media: Pushing Away the Limits of Privacy Law’s Protection in France?, Electronic Journal of Comparative Law, vol. 13.1, 2009
L’accouchement sous X: Réflexion Critique sur le Droit et la Pratique d’une Singularité Juridique Française, Fampra, 3, 2007, pp. 568-583.
‘Adoption en Angleterre du Style Législatif en vigueur sur le Continent : Espoirs Déçus et Perspectives d’Avenir’, RIDC, 3, 2006, pp. 809-832
‘Codification in England: The Need to move from an Ideological to a Functional Approach-A Bridge too Far?’, The Statute Law Review, 25 (3) 2004 pp. 209-222
‘Desperately Seeking Mother-Anonymous Births in the European Court of Human Rights’, The Child and Family Law Quarterly, vol 15 (4), 2003, pp. 425-448
‘Early Release for Seriously Ill and Elderly Prisoners: Should French Practice be Followed?’, In ‘Discrimination and Diversity in Contemporary Community Justice’, Probation Journal (Special issue), vol. 50, 3, 2003, pp. 267-276
PhD students & topics
Alves Dias De Souza, MPhil: 'Am empirical comparative study between the binding precedent and the Brazilian binding sumula'.
French Legal System
French Private Law