UCL Faculty of Laws

Prof Rob George

Prof Rob George

Professor of Law and Policy

Faculty of Laws


Joined UCL
1st Sep 2014

Research summary

Dr George researches principally in Child and Family Law, with a particular focus on matters relating to international disputes involving children. He is an acknowledged expert in relocation disputes, abduction and international jurisdictional disputes involving children and families. Dr George also works on broader issues relating to children and families, including family finance disputes, discrimination and equality issues, and the working of the family justice system.

Dr George's work combines doctrinal and empirical methodologies to allow him to focus on researching the practice of the law, as well as its theoretical basis. He is particularly interested in the ways in which trial judges and lawyers apply legal principles to the facts of everyday cases in the family courts, and has experience of using a wide variety of empirical methodologies to investigate this issue. 

Teaching summary

Dr George's teaching is mostly in Child and Family Law, though he also teaches Tort Law tutorials on the LLB. In addition to his LLB Family Law, he convenes and teaches the LLM module on Children and their Rights. 

Because of his expertise in empirical legal methods, Dr George also contributes to teaching on the methodology programme for research students.


University of Oxford
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2010
University of Oxford
Other higher degree, Master of Science | 2006
University of Oxford
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 2005


Dr George joined UCL in 2014 after 8 years at the University of Oxford, first as a Lecturer and then as a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow. He completed his DPhil in Family Law, supervised by Mavis Maclean CBE, in 2010, after doing an Undergraduate degree in Law and a Masters degree in Social Policy. 

In addition to his academic qualifications, Dr George is a Barrister of the High Court of England and Wales and a tenant at Harcourt Chambers, a specialist set of family law barristers. Dr George sits on the International Family Justice Committee, chaired by Moylan LJ, and is one of the Case Notes Editors of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law.