Comparative Family Law
Human Rights and the Family
Medico-Legal Issues and the Family
Gender and the Law
Professor Sutherland began her career in academia at the University of Edinburgh, in 1980, subsequently moving to the University of Glasgow. In 2006, she was recruited by the University of Stirling to the newly created post as Professor of Child and Family Law. She teaches, researches and writes in Scotland for half of the year and, since 1999, has done much the same at Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where she is Distinguished Professor of Law, for the other half of the year.
She has lectured and presented on child and family law around the world and, in addition to her work in the Scottish and US domestic contexts, has long pursued her interest in the comparative and international aspects of the subject. Professor Sutherland is the author of over 100 articles and book chapters (see, Outputs), many reflecting her comparative and international interests. These interests are also the focus of two volumes published by Cambridge University Press, The Future of Child and Family Law: International Predictions (2012) and Implementing Article 3 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Best Interests, Welfare and Well-being (2016). Other publications concentrate on Scots child and family law and, most recently, they have addressed reform of the law on adult relationships, child-parent relationships, child protection and juvenile justice. Yet other publications are concerned with more general developments in contemporary Scots law and its history.
In 2012, she founded the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child Implementing Project (CRC-IP) to explore implementation of the CRC in the international and comparative contexts. To date, the CRC-IP has organised four international colloquia, examining article 12 (participation rights of the child: University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2013), article 6 (child's right to life, survival and development: University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, 2014), article 3 (primacy of the child's best interests: Edinburgh, Scotland, 2015) and article 2 (prohibition of discrimination: University of Bergen, Norway, 2017).
She has been nominated regularly for awards under the student-led Recognising Achievement in Teaching Excellence (RATE) Awards scheme and won the award for Most Innovative Tutor in 2011.
Professor Sutherland is consulted regularly by government agencies, non-governmental organisations and the media on child and family law and reform thereof and attends and presents papers at national and international conferences. She regards academic life as offering the best of all worlds -- opportunities to teach, research, write and travel.
Professor of Child and Family, Law School of Law, University of Stirling, 2006 - present Distinguished Professor of Law, Lewis & ClarkLaw School, Portland, Oregon, 1999 - present
Academic and Professional Qualifications:
LLB (1st class Honours in Private Law), University of Glasgow, 1978
LLM, University of British Columbia, Canada, 1985
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2001
Employment History (principal): Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, School of Law, University of Glasgow, 1989-2005 Lecturer, Department of Scots Law, University of Edinburgh, 1980-1988 Apprentice Solicitor, Drummond & Co, W.S., Edinburgh, 1979-1980
Employment History (occasional): Safeguarder, Lothian and Borders, 1991-1995 Visiting Professor, Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland, Oregon, various dates, 1984-1995 Lecturer, Visiting European Lawyers Programme, University of Edinburgh, 1982-1988
Visiting Professor, McGeorge School of Law, University of Pacific, California, Summer 1985
Summer Researcher, Scottish Law Commission, 1978 and 1979
Current Research Projects:
Professor Sutherland has accepted invitations to write articles and book chapters on civil partnerships, child protection, the future of Scottish child and family law and article 2 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Funding Awarded: Professor Sutherland received funding from the Clark Foundation for the third Convention on the Rights of the Child Implementation Project colloquium (see above). The colloquium was also supported by the Faculty of Advocates and the Law Society of Scotland.