Lorna Gillies

Lecturer B

Personal Statement

Lorna is a Lecturer in Commercial Law, prior to which she was Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Leicester and Senior Lecturer at the University of 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, information technology 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 in a range of disputes (such as the effect on cross-border consumer contracts, the protection of cultural objects), the relationship between international jurisdiction and particular fundamental rights (access to a court, fair hearing) and the legal challenges of social media to cross-border disputes.

Expertise & Capabilities

Lorna's area of expertise is international private law. She has a particular interest in three areas: the creation and operation of rules of international jurisdiction to commercial and private disputes across borders, the interaction between jurisdiction and technology, and the impact of fundamental rights on international private law.

More broadly, Lorna is interested in commercial law; in particular domestic and international sale of goods, consumer rights and the digital agenda, and the emerging concept of digital fundamental rights.

Lorna's early work on international jurisdiction rules for cross-border consumer contracts was referenced by AG Trstenjak in C585/08 and C-144/09 Pammer and Alpenholf (at 4 and 33). In terms of policy and outreach, Lorna has participated in the UK Ministry of Justice's Review of the Balance of Competences in Civil Judicial Cooperation (February 2014), contributed to consultations on topics such as the EU Proposal for a Common European Sales Law and the draft Defamation and Malicious Communications (Scotland) Bill. In 2017 Lorna presented to MSPs at the Scottish Parliament, Holyrood on the impact of Brexit on cross-border judicial cooperation. 

Lorna has been a co-investigator for a Modern Law Review Seminar Series (2013) on the Legal Challenges of Social Media (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 approved Conflict of Laws subject section for the Society of Legal Scholars which successfully convened as a trial session for the first time in Dublin, September 2017.

In September 2017, together with colleagues at Strathclyde Law School, Lorna succesfully obtained a Framework Agreement with the Scottish Parliament (SPICe) for research services vis-a-vis Brexit.

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 Ordinary and LLB Honours students, Internet Law to LLB Honours students and the E-Commerce class to campus IT&T LLM students. She is class co-ordinator for Involuntary Obligations (LLB), Law of International Business (LLM) and a new (2017) International Private Law Honours class. Lorna supervises across the entire spectrum, from LLB Honours Dissertations to DL IT&T LLM Dissertations and PhDs. Lorna is the School of Law contact for the Strathclyde Business School's MSc in International Management and Law. In the School of Law, Lorna Chairs the Student Affairs Committee and the Athena Swan Assessment Team.

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.

Lorna Gillies

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