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Ghislaine Lanteigne
PhD Candidate
Research Topic: Best Interests of the Child in Relocation: England and Wales, and Canada
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MA (Sociology) Aix-Marseille
MA (Translation Studies – Linguistics) Birmingham
LLB (Hons) Coventry (2001)
LLM London School of Economics and Political Science (2004)

Ghislaine joined the faculty as a research student in family law in 2010. She is doing socio-legal research on the application of the ‘best interests of the child’ principle in relocation disputes following separation or divorce by parents in England and Wales, and Canada. She investigates social science findings, legislation and leading case law guidance which bear on the normative background of court decisions and settlements in these disputes. Ghislaine has also interviewed lawyers and mediators working with separated and divorced parents on issues related to the factors taken into account in the preparation of relocation disputes for court or in their settlement through alternative modes of dispute resolution. Ghislaine has received grants from the UCL Graduate School Research Projects Fund, the UCL Faculty of Laws, and the Foundation for Canadian Studies in the United Kingdom for her field research. She has also received grants from the UCL Faculty of Laws to present at the January 2014 Regional conference of the International Society of Family Law in Tel Aviv and from the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts to attend their May 2014 conference in Toronto.

Prior to specialising and working in law, Ghislaine worked as a social researcher for governments in Canada (e.g. in socio-economic policies for regional development, and in socio-legal analysis of support services for victims of domestic violence). She also worked teaching French at university level (University of Victoria, Royal Roads Military College, Canada, and the Open University, UK). For the University of Birmingham, she acted as a researcher developing curriculum for an MA distance course in translation. Ghislaine is bilingual in French and English.
Areas of Expertise

Comparative & Foreign Law, Empirical Legal Studies, Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Research Projects

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Research Interests

Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Law, Private International Law

UCL Associations/Academic & Professional Memberships
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada/Ontario (2003) non-practising
  • Law Society of England and Wales (2010) non-practising
  • British Association for Canadian Studies
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Professional Experience
  • 2005 - 2008: Lecturer in Law, Université de Moncton, Canada
  • 2008 - 2010: Solicitor, Toronto, Canada
Public Engagements & Media Coverage
Information session, Family Mediation Services, Institute of Family Therapy, London
Ghislaine's publications include:
Conference Papers
  • “International Relocation in England: The Practice and Perspectives of Lawyers”, Regional Conference of the International Society of Family Law, Sha'arei Mishpat Law School, Tel Aviv (2-4 January 2014).
  • “Best Interests of the Child in Relocation – Perspectives from Lawyers in England and Wales”, Current Legal Issues Colloquium: Law and Michael Freeman, University College London (1-2 July 2013).
  • “Parenting Arrangements and Relocation Law in England and Wales, and Canada”, Conference of the Irish Society of Comparative Law, University College Cork (2-3 March 2012).
  • “Comparing Relocation Law in England and Wales, and Canada”, AHRC Research Network: Post Parental Separation Families, University of Birmingham (5 January 2012).
  • Book Review of "Developing the Craft of Mediation: Reflections on Theory and Practice" by Marian Roberts, (2008) 26 The Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice 399.
Edited Volumes
  • "Best interests of the child in relocation: The work and views of lawyers in England & Wales", in Current Legal Issues: Law and Michael Freeman, Brill (forthcoming).
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