UCL Faculty of Laws

Dr Rob George

Dr Rob George

Reader in Family Law

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. Along with Dr Anna Remington at the Institute of Education, Dr George has recently been awarded a Grand Challenges award to investigate the experiences of autistic people involved in family court proceedings. 

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 lectures and tutorials, Dr George teaches on two LLM modules. He is the course convenor for LAWSG037 Children and their Rights, and one of the course tutors for LAWSG155 Advanced Issues in Family Law.

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


University of Oxford
, | 2010
University of Oxford
, | 2006
University of Oxford
, | 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 Black LJ, and writes a monthly column, Last Orders: The View from the Bar, in the widely-read journal Family Law.