Lorna is a Lecturer in Commercial Law, prior to which she was a Senior Lecturer in Law at both the Universities of Leicester and Essex. She has previously taught at the Univerisity of Strathclyde to full time and part time LLB, LLM and Diploma in Legal Practice Students. Lorna has been a Fellow of the HEA since 2007 and a Full Member of the ILTHE between 2003-2007.
Lorna's principal research interests focus on the commercial aspects of international private law/conflict of laws. This area of law is concerned with determining which court and what law applies to cross-border disputes. Lorna is interested in the field's interaction with EU law, public international law and fundamental rights. Her current research and recent publications focus on the relevance of the EU on the reform and development of international private law theory and practice.
Expertise & Capabilities
International private law generally, with a particular interest in jurisdiction, technology, fundamental rights.
Commercial Law generally, with a particular interest in sale of goods, consumer rights, digital agenda/digital fundamental rights.
Lorna's early work was referenced by AG Trstenjak in C585/08 and C-144/09 Pammer and Alpenholf (at 4 and 33). Lorna has participated in the UK Ministry of Justice's Review of the Balance of Competences in Civil Judicial Cooperation (February 2014). She has been a co-investigator for a Modern Law Review Seminar Series (2013) on the Legal Challenges of Social Media (forthcoming, Elgar, 2017).
Since 2012 Lorna convened a Conflict of Laws Scholars Forum which since 2014 converted into a UK Private International Law academic network with Professor Sophia Tang, University of Newcastle. Alongside Professor Andrew Dickinson and Dr Maire Ni Shuilleabhain, Lorna is also a co-convenor of a newly proposed Conflict of Laws subject section for the Society of Legal Scholars which will convene for the first time in Dublin, September 2017.
Lorna is a Member of the Law Society of Scotland, the International Association of Consumer Lawyers and the Society of Legal Scholars.
Lorna is a member of teaching teams in International Private Law and Commercial Law classes to LLB students and the E-Commerce class to the IT&T LLM students. She is also the class co-ordinator for a new LLM class, Law of International Business and the School of Law contact for the SBS MSc in International Management and Law.
Lorna has been an external examiner for the Universities of Sheffield and City, University of London and is currently an external examiner for the University of Edinburgh and City University of Hong Kong.
Academic / Professional qualifications
Lorna has a LLB (Honours) in Law, a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice and a PhD in Law all from the University of Strathclyde. She is a non-practising Member of the Law Society of Scotland and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Recent developments in the approximation of EU private international laws: towards mutual trust, mutual recognition and enhancing social justice in civil and commercial matters
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
The contribution of jurisdiction as a technique of demand side regulation in claims for the recovery of cultural objects
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Activity: Other › Types of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups
Activity: Other › Types of External academic engagement - Invited talk
Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Organiser of special symposia