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Executive Dean

Professor Gillian DouglasProfessor Gillian Douglas was appointed Executive Dean of The Dickson Poon School of Law in July 2016 and took up the role in April 2017.

'I am immensely impressed by the dynamism of the School, and the imagination and innovation displayed in the many initiatives that are being taken forward.' 



wide-divider-reflex-blueAbout Professor Douglas

Following her undergraduate education in Law at Manchester University, Professor Douglas gained an LLM at the London School of Economics. In 2011 she was awarded the degree of LLD (Doctor of Laws) by Cardiff University. Professor Douglas taught at the University of Bristol and was a Visiting Teaching Fellow at the National University of Singapore.

Prior to taking up leadership of The Dickson Poon School of Law at King’s, Professor Douglas was Professor of Law in the School of Law and Politics at Cardiff University and served as Head of the School between 2005 – 2010.

Professor Douglas’ main research interest is family law, on which she has written extensively. She is a past Secretary-General of the International Society of Family Law and is a co-editor of the Child and Family Law Quarterly andjoint case reports editor of the journal, Family Law. Professor Douglas has conducted several empirical research studies into aspects of the family justice system, funded by, amongst others, the AHRC, ESRC, the Nuffield Foundation and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Professor Douglas is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Athena SWAN award assessment panellist. Between 2010-2014, she was Chair of the Law Sub-Panel for REF 2014 -  the UK's research assessment exercise - and has served as a member of the AHRC's Peer Review College. She is a former member of the Leverhulme Trust Research Awards Advisory Committee. In 2012, Professor Douglas was elected a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales and served as a Member of the Law Commission's Welsh Advisory Committee from 2013 to 2016.

In 2015, Professor Douglas took up a two-year Major Research Fellowship funded by the Leverhulme Trust to pursue a study of obligation and commitment in Family Law, and was awarded the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Annual Conference Best Paper Prize for her presentation on this topic at the SLS conference in September 2015. Professor Douglas was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2016 and elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2017.


Professor Douglas has written several books including: 

  • Law, Fertility and Reproduction (1991: Sweet & Maxwell, Modern Legal Studies series) 
  • An Introduction to Family Law (2001: Oxford University Press, Clarendon Law Series 2nd edition 2004)

Professor Douglas has also co-authored a number of books, including:

  • (With Nigel Lowe) Bromley's Family Law (9th ed. 1998, 10th ed, 2006, 11th ed, 2015, Oxford UP)
  • (With Chris Barton) Law and Parenthood (1995: Butterworths Law in Context series)
  • (With Edward Jacobs) Child Support: The Legislation (1st ed. 1993, 2nd ed. 1995, 3rd ed. 1997: Sweet & Maxwell)
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