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Ms Frances Rachel Hamilton

Senior Lecturer in Law

Department: Northumbria Law School

Frances is qualified solicitor. She graduated from Cambridge University in 2002 with a BA (Hons) degree in Law.

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
NE1 8ST

0191 227 4672

Qualifications

PCAPL Teaching Certificate, Northumbria University, 2011

LL.M Trinity College Dublin , First Class, 2009

Qualified Solicitor, 2006

MA (Hons) Cambridge University in Law, 2004

Legal Practice Course, Nottingham Law School, 2003

BA (Hons) Cambridge University in Law, 2002

Erasmus Exchange to Regensburg, Germany 2000 - 2001

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

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

Frances is writing a series of articles considering the difficulties which face individual countries and international courts in recognising same-sex marriage. This project is topical with the recent domestic legislation on the issue. It is also of importance because of the pressures of globalisation and the movement of families, but also because of the symbolical importance given the doctrine of comparative constitutionalism. The issue of gay marriage is also a useful study as being such a controversial topic, it can be seen as an example of how public opinion can develop and change over time. 

Professional Activity

Frances maintains her legal practising certificate as a qualified solicitor. She has a civil firm in the Student Law Office where she conducts pro bono civil cases with a firm of 6 final year students. 

Key Publications

2010, Conference presentation at the SLSA conference in Bristol on the subject of 'Lessons to learn from Australian family law reforms 2006'.

2010, ‘Mediation: Lessons to be Learnt from Australia’, Frances Hamilton, [2010] Fam Law 1328

2011, ‘Listening to Children on Divorce: How Best Can Children’s Voices be Heard?’, Frances Hamilton, [2011] Fam Law 1280

2013, ‘Why the Margin of Appreciation is Not the Answer to the Gay Marriage Debate’, [2013] EHRLR 1, 47

2013, Conference presentation at the SLO conference in York on the subject of ‘Why the Margin of Appreciation is Not the Answer to the Gay Marriage Debate’

2014, Presentation at Northumbria University’s ‘Socio and Legal Implications of Same-Sex Marriage in the North East’ entitled ‘Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act 2013 – European Implications’


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