Gillian Black is a Professor of Scots Private Law at the University of Edinburgh, a Commissioner at the Scottish Law Commission, a qualified solicitor, and an Officer of Arms in the Court of the Lord Lyon.
Gillian’s research focuses on family law, with a particular interest in adult relationships and the parent/child relationship. She has researched, presented and published on a wide range of topics within this field, including:
- fault-based divorce and Article 8 privacy considerations
- financial provision on divorce
- the legal significance of consensual sexual intimacy in establishing (and dissolving) adult relationships
- issues of legitimacy and equality in the succession to titles, honours and coats of arms
- the significance of genetics vs social parenting in the parent/child relationship
- children’s rights and the UNCRC
- child contact disputes and contempt of court
- relocation and the judicial approaches to determining private law disputes concerning child contact
- permanence orders
- the significance of pre- and post-Enlightenment marriage as evidenced in the works of Jane Austen
Gillian also has an extensive body of research on heraldry and peerage law.