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Frances Hamilton

Senior Lecturer

Department: Northumbria Law School

Frances is qualified solicitor. She graduated from Cambridge University in 2002 with a BA (Hons) degree in Law. During the course of her degree Frances also spent a year on Erasmus exchange at the University of Regensburg in Germany. Frances subsequently completed the Legal Practice Course in 2003 and collected an MA (Hons) degree from Cambridge University in 2004. From 2004 onwards Frances undertook her training contract with Lovells (as it then was) before qualifying as a solicitor in London in 2006. Subsequently, she practised as a solicitor in London law firm Reed Smith. London returned to academic study by completing an LLM at Trinity College, Dublin in 2008 -2009. She joined Northumbria University in 2009.

Frances is module leader for both the Civil Liberties Half Option and the Gender Sexuality and the Law Half Option. She also teaches on the Public 1: Foundations of English and European Law course. Frances also maintains her legal practising certificate as a qualified solicitor. She teaches solicitors skills on the Student Law Office Year 3 course and has a civil firm in the Student Law Office where she conducts pro bono civil cases with a firm of 6 final year students.

Frances also has a research interest in the area of Gender Sexuality and the Law and is a member of Steering Group for the Gender, Sexuality and the Law Research Interest Group. 

Campus Address

Faculty of Business and Law
City Campus East
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Law MA October 01 1998
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Development of EU Law Before the Grand Chamber of the EU to Benefit Trans Persons, Hamilton, F. 29 Jul 2019, In: International Labor Rights Case Law
  • Rights for LGBTQ persons: MB v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Hamilton, F. Jan 2019, In: Family Law
  • Same-sex marriage, consensus, certainty and the European court of human rights, Hamilton, F. 2 Feb 2018, In: European Human Rights Law Review
  • The case for same-sex marriage before the European Court of Human Rights, Hamilton, F. 2018, In: Journal of Homosexuality
  • The Expanding Concept of EU Citizenship Free Movement Rights and the Potential Positive Impact this has for Same-Sex Couples Relocating Across Borders, Hamilton, F. 1 Jun 2018, In: Family Law
  • The Symbolic Status of Same Sex Marriage, Hamilton, F. 1 Aug 2017, In: Family Law
  • Same-sex relationships, choice of law and the continued recognised relationship theory, Hamilton, F., Clayton-Helm, L. 2016, In: Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • Strategies to achieve Same-Sex Marriage and the Method of Incrementalist Change, Hamilton, F. 31 May 2016, In: Journal of Transnational Law and Policy
  • The differing treatment of same sex couples by European Union law and the European convention on human rights: the European Union concept of citizenship, Hamilton, F. 2015, In: Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • Why the margin of appreciation is not the answer to the gay marriage debate, Hamilton, F. 2013, In: European Human Rights Law Review


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