Lorna Gillies

Lecturer B

Personal Statement

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.

Research Interests

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.

Teaching Interests

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.

  1. The Legal Challenges of Social Media, Book Launch

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  2. St Andrew's House Civil Judicial Cooperation Roundtable

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

  3. EU Brexit Briefing Seminar on Cross-Border Civil and Criminal Justice

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

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Lorna Gillies

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