Andrew Gilbert

Deputy Head of Anglia Law School, Principal Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Anglia Law School

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Law

Andrew Gilbert is an experienced law teacher who brings insights from legal practice and doctoral-level research into the classroom.

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After reading law at the University of East Anglia, Andrew practised as a family law solicitor before becoming a lecturer. He has been at Anglia Ruskin since 2005, having previously taught at the University of Hertfordshire. His teaching areas include public law, human rights, family and child law. He was an Anglia Ruskin Learning & Teaching Fellow for 2008-9 and used this opportunity to develop a computer-based action maze for use in teaching problem-solving skills in family law. Andrew is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Andrew's research interests are principally in the area of family law and policy. He is currently undertaking doctoral research at University College London under the supervision of Professors Alison Diduck and Michael Freeman. His thesis is entitled: 'British conservatism and the legal regulation of domestic adult relationships, 1983-2013.' He is aiming to submit in 2015. In the 2010 General Election Andrew was the Conservative parliamentary candidate for the Birkenhead constituency. He was appointed an external examiner at St Mary's University in January 2014.

Research interests

  • Family law and policy
  • Conservatism and law
  • Constitutional law

Areas of research supervision

  • Family law, specifically the legal regulation of domestic adult relationships
  • Conservatism and law
  • Constitutional law and theory


  • LLB Law, University of East Anglia
  • PG Diploma in Legal Practice, Anglia Polytechnic University
  • PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Hertfordshire
  • Solicitor (non-practising)

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Fellow, the Higher Education Academy
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association

Selected recent publications

Gilbert, A., forthcoming 2014. From 'Pretended Family Relationship' to 'Ultimate Affirmation': British Conservatism and the Legal Recognition of Same Sex Relationships. Child and Family Law Quarterly.