Dr Andrew Gilbert

Deputy Head of Department (Academic Development); 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 research and practice into the classroom.



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 family and child law, public law and human rights. He has been an Anglia Ruskin Learning & Teaching Fellow 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. His thesis, entitled 'British Conservatism and the Legal Regulation of Intimate Adult Relationships, 1983-2013', was awarded by University College London in 2016. Andrew's supervisors were Professors Alison Diduck and Michael Freeman, and the thesis was examined by Professor Gillian Douglas and Dr Robert George. The examiners commented that Andrew's work is 'an important and original piece of scholarship... which forms a distinct and significant contribution to the knowledge of family law.' Andrew is now editing his thesis for publication as a monograph by Hart/Bloomsbury in 2018.

In the 2010 General Election Andrew was the Conservative parliamentary candidate for the Birkenhead constituency. He is currently an external examiner at Leeds Beckett University. Since 2015 he has co-convened the 'Law, Politics and Ideology' theme at the SLSA Annual Conference.

Research interests

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

Areas of research supervision

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


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

Memberships, editorial boards

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

Selected recent publications

Andrew Gilbert, British Conservatism and the Legal Regulation of Intimate Relationships (Hart, forthcoming 2018)

Andrew Gilbert, 'Review of Family Law by Frances Burton' [2016] 50 (1) The Law Teacher 138

Andrew Gilbert, 'An Unnatural Union? - British Conservatism and the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013' in Alison Diduck, Noam Peleg, Helen Reece (eds), Law in Society: Reflections on Children, Family, Culture and Philosophy – Essays in Honour of Michael Freeman (Brill 2015)

Andrew Gilbert, 'From "Pretended Family Relationship" to "Ultimate Affirmation": British Conservatism and the Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships' [2014] CFLQ 463