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

Professor 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, and was winner of International Family Lawyer of the Year in 2020. Professor 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.

Professor 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

Professor George's teaching is mostly connected with the law relating to children and families, including the LLB module on Family Law and the LLM modules on Children and their Rights, and Advanced Issues in Family Law. 


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


Professor 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, Professor 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. He 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.