Professor Paul Beaumont

Professor of Private International Law

Law Stirling

Professor Paul Beaumont

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Professor Paul Beaumont FRSE Professor Beaumont moved to the University of Stirling in August 2019 to become Professor of Private International Law in the Law School from his personal chair at the University of Aberdeen School of Law that he had held since 1995. He was the Head of the School of Law at the University of Aberdeen between 2000 and 2008 (with a one year break for research leave) and has been Head of the School of Law at the University of Stirling since November 2021.

Since 2009 Paul has been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (Scotland’s National Academy). Paul is one of the editors of the Journal of Private International Law since its inception in 2005. He is the series editor for Hart Studies in Private International Law since its inception in 2008, which has published 32 Volumes to date. He is one of two authors of the Scottish Universities Law Institute book on Private International Law: Anton (3rd edn, 2011) and will be the general editor of the 4th edn, 2025.

He was a member of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH)’s Experts’ Group on Family Agreements from its inception in 2013 and the chair of the Group from 2015 until it completed its work in 2022 with the Council adopting the Practitioners Guide on Family Agreements involving Children. He is a member of the EU’s negotiating team in the HCCH Working Group on Jurisdiction which held its most recent meetings in February and September 2022.

He has negotiated the following instruments for the UK and Scottish Governments in the HCCH (Hague Statute 2005, Hague Maintenance Convention and Protocol 2007 and Hague Choice of Court Convention 2005) and in the European Union (Brussels I and Ia, Rome I and II, Maintenance and Succession Regulations). He was part of the EU delegation throughout the negotiations on the Hague Judgments Convention 2019 (between 2014 and 2019 - having represented the UK and Scottish Governments in HCCH on the failed original Judgments Convention negotiations between 1996 and 2001). He was a member of the Secretary General's Expert Group on the Revision of the Statute of the HCCH in the early 2000's and a member of the Drafting Committee for the Hague Choice of Court Convention 2005, the Hague Maintenance Convention 2007 and the Hague Judgments Convention 2019.

He has published several books on private international law, co-authored or co-edited, including The Hague Convention on International Child Abduction (Oxford University Press, 1999); Recovery of Maintenance in the EU and Worldwide (Hart, 2014); and Cross-Border Litigation in Europe (Hart, 2017). He and his partner, Dr Jayne Holliday, co-edited A Guide to Global Private International Law (Hart, 2022) and Paul co-authored 8 chapters in the book. He has published articles in the leading Journals in the field including two contributions to the Hague Academy Collected Courses; the Journal of Private International Law; the International and Comparative Law Quarterly; Rabel’s Zeitschrift; Revue critique de droit international privé; Netherlands International Law Review; Yearbook of Private International Law; European Law Review: Maastricht Journal of European and Comparative Law; NIPR; Spanish Yearbook of Private International Law; Edinburgh Law Review; Juridical Review; etc

Professor Beaumont has led a number of research projects funded by the EU, the AHRC and the Nuffield Foundation doing empirical, comparative and analytical work on maintenance, child abduction, Brexit, and on a broad range of EU private international law in the EUPILLAR project (Brussels 1a, Brussels IIa, Rome I, Rome II and Maintenance). His work has had an impact on the interpretation of international Conventions (eg the Hague Child Abduction Convention) and on the development of legislation (eg the Brussels IIb Regulation).

Award

Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
The Royal Society of Edinburgh
Elected to Scotland's National Academy in 2009. Have served as the Chair of the Law, Philosophy and Religion Panel of the RSE and as the Chair of the Brexit RSE Group looking at constitutional issues. Have given evidence to the Scottish Parliament on behalf of the RSE.


Research (1)

All aspects of private international law globally, in the Commonwealth, in Europe, in the UK and in Scotland.

Projects

Where do we go from here? The development of private international law in the UK and the post Brexit environment.
PI: Professor Paul Beaumont
Funded by: Arts and Humanities Research Council

Outputs (137)

Outputs

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Edited Book

Beaumont P & Holliday J (eds.) (2022) A Guide to Global Private International Law. Studies in Private International Law. Oxford: Hart Publishing. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/a-guide-to-global-private-international-law-9781509932078/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P (2021) Series Editor's Preface. In: The Hague Judgments Convention and Commonwealth Model Law: A Pragmatic Perspective. Studies in Private International Law, 31. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. vii-viii. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/the-hague-judgments-convention-and-commonwealth-model-law-9781509947089/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Holliday J (2021) Habitual Residence in Child Abduction Cases: The Hybrid Approach Is Now the Norm but How Much Weight Should Be Given to Parental Intention?. In: Pfeiffer M, Brodec J, Bříza P & Zavadilová M (eds.) Liber Amicorum Monika Pauknerova. Prague: Wolters Kluwer, pp. 27-36. https://obchod.wolterskluwer.cz/cz/liber-amicorum-monika-pauknerova.p6389.html

Book Chapter

Beaumont P (2020) Series Editor's Preface. In: Rethinking Judicial Jurisdiction in Private International Law. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 24. Oxford: Hart Publishing, p. vii. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/rethinking-judicial-jurisdiction-in-private-international-law-9781509924776/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P (2020) Series Editor's Preface. In: Economic Sanctions in EU Private International Law. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 25. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. vii-viii. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/economic-sanctions-in-eu-private-international-law-9781509933532/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P (2020) Series Editor's Preface. In: Clawback Law in the Context of Succession. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 26. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. v-vi. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/clawback-law-in-the-context-of-succession-9781509932337/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P (2020) Series Editor's Preface. In: Private International Law in Nigeria. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 28. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. xi-xiii. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/private-international-law-in-nigeria-9781509911134/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P (2020) Series Editor's Preface. In: The Private International Law of Authentic Instruments. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 30. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. v-vi. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/the-private-international-law-of-authentic-instruments-9781509907649/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P (2020) Series Editor's Preface. In: Place of Performance A Comparative Analysis. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 27. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. vii-viii. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/place-of-performance-9781509936205/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P (2020) Series Editor's Preface. In: Viarengo I & Villata FC (eds.) Planning the Future of Cross Border Families A Path Through Coordination. Studies in Private International Law, 29. Oxford: Hart, pp. vii-ix. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/planning-the-future-of-cross-border-families-9781509919871/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P (2020) Interaction of the Brussels IIa and Maintenance Regulations with (Possible) Litigation in Non-EU States: Including Brexit Implications. In: Viarengo I & Villata FC (eds.) Planning the Future of Cross Border Families: A Path Through Coordination. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 29. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. 331-344. https://doi.org/10.5040/9781509919895.ch-024

Book Chapter

Beaumont P (2019) Series Editor's Preface. In: Jurisdiction and Cross-Border Collective Redress. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 23. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. vii-viii. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/jurisdiction-and-cross-border-collective-redress-9781509930302/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P (2019) Series Editor's Preface. In: Forum (Non) Conveniens in England: Past, Present, and Future. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 21. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. v-vi. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/forum-non-conveniens-in-england-9781782256403/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P (2019) Series Editor's Preface. In: Douglas M, Bath V, Keyes M & Dickinson A (eds.) Commercial Issues in Private International Law: A Common Law Perspective. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 22. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. xi-xiii. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/commercial-issues-in-private-international-law-9781509922871/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Trimmings K (2019) European Court of Human Rights. In: Scherpe JM, Fenton-Glynn C & Kaan T (eds.) Eastern and Western Perspectives on Surrogacy. First ed. Cambridge: Intersentia, pp. 331-354.

Article

Ahmed M & Beaumont P (2017) Exclusive choice of court agreements: some issues on the Hague Convention on choice of court agreements and its relationship with the Brussels I recast especially anti-suit injunctions, concurrent proceedings and the implications of BREXIT. Journal of Private International Law, 13 (2), pp. 386-410. https://doi.org/10.1080/17441048.2017.1348782

Book Chapter

Beaumont P (2017) Series Editor's Preface. In: Beaumont P, Danov M, Trimmings K & Yüksel B (eds.) Cross-Border Litigation in Europe. Studies in Private International Law, 20. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. v-vi. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/crossborder-litigation-in-europe-9781782256786/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P (2017) Series Editor's Preface. In: The Nature and Enforcement of Choice of Court Agreements. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 19. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. vii-viii. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/the-nature-and-enforcement-of-choice-of-court-agreements-9781509914494/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P, Danov M, Trimmings K & Yüksel B (2017) Conclusion. In: Cross-Border Litigation in Europe. First ed. Studies in Private International Law, 20. Oxford: Hart, pp. 819-832.

Book Chapter

Beaumont P, Danov M, Trimmings K & Yuksel B (2017) Great Britain. In: Beaumont P, Danov M, Trimmings K & Yuksel B (eds.) Cross Border Litigation in Europe. First ed. Studies in Private International Law, 20. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. 79-124.

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Danov M (2017) Introduction: Research Aims and Methodology. In: Cross-Border Litigation in Europe. 1st ed. Studies in Private International Law. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. 1-15.

Edited Book

Beaumont P, Danov M, Trimmings K & Yuksel B (eds.) (2017) Cross-Border Litigation in Europe, First ed. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 20. Oxford: Hart Publishing. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/cross-border-litigation-in-europe-9781782256762/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Trimmings K (2016) Recent jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights in the area of cross-border surrogacy: is there still a need for global regulation of surrogacy?. In: Ippolito F & Biagioni G (eds.) Migrant Children: Challenges for Public and Private International Law. Naples: Editoriale Scientifica, pp. 109-136. https://www.editorialescientifica.com/shop/catalogo/libri-in-lingua-straniera/migrant-children-challenges-for-public-and-private-international-law-detail.html

Book Chapter

Trimmings K & Beaumont P (2016) Parentage and Surrogacy in a European Perspective. In: Scherpe JM (ed.) European Family Law, Vol. III. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 232-283. https://www.e-elgar.com/shop/gbp/european-family-law-9781785362989.html

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Walker L (2016) Empirical Study on the Early Operation of the EU Maintenance Regulation. In: Beaumont P, Hess B, Walker L & Spancken S (eds.) The Recovery of Maintenance in the EU and Worldwide. First ed. Studies in Private International Law, 15. Oxford: Hart, pp. 337-383. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/the-recovery-of-maintenance-in-the-eu-and-worldwide-9781509909285/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Walker L (2016) Introduction to Part Two and Part Three. In: Beaumont P, Hess B, Walker L & Spancken S (eds.) The Recovery of Maintenance in the EU and Worldwide. Studies in Private International Law, 15. Oxford: Hart, pp. 17-19. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/the-recovery-of-maintenance-in-the-eu-and-worldwide-9781509909285/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Harris J (2016) Series Editors' Preface. In: The Choice of Law Contract. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 18. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. v-vi. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/the-choice-of-law-contract-9781509901012/

Article

Beaumont P (2016) Respecting Reverse Subsidiarity as an excellent strategy for the European Union at The Hague Conference on Private International Law – reflections in the context of the Judgments Project?. Europejski Przegląd Sądowy, 2016 (10), pp. 13-17. http://www.czasopisma.wolterskluwer.pl/european-judiciary-review

Article

Beaumont P & Walker L (2015) Recognition and Enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters in the Brussels I Recast and some lessons from it and the recent Hague Conventions for the Hague Judgments Project. Journal of Private International Law, 11 (1), pp. 31-63. https://doi.org/10.1080/17536235.2015.1033197

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Harris J (2015) Series Editors' Preface. In: Electronic Consumer Contracts in the Conflict of Laws. Second ed. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 1. Oxford: Hart Publishing, p. v. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/electronic-consumer-contracts-in-the-conflict-of-laws-9781782259305/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Harris J (2015) Series Editors' Preface. In: Maintenance and Child Support in Private International Law. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 17. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. v-vi. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/maintenance-and-child-support-in-private-international-law-9781509903559/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Harris J (2014) Series Editors' Preface. In: Interregional Recognition and Enforcement of Civil and Commercial Judgments Lesson for China from US and EU Law by Jie Huang. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 14. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. vii-viii. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/interregional-recognition-and-enforcement-of-civil-and-commercial-judgments-9781782253716/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Harris J (2014) Series Editors' Preface. In: Dickinson A, Keyes M & John T (eds.) Australian Private International Law for the 21st Century Facing Outwards. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 16. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. ix-x. https://www.bloomsbury.com/au/australian-private-international-law-for-the-21st-century-9781849466257/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P, Hess B, Walker L & Spancken S (2014) Editors' Preface. In: Beaumont P, Hess B, Walker L & Spancken S (eds.) The Recovery of Maintenance in the EU and Worldwide. First ed. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 15. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. xi-xii.

Edited Book

Beaumont P, Hess B, Walker L & Spancken S (eds.) (2014) The Recovery of Maintenance in the EU and Worldwide, First ed. Studies in Private International Law, 15. Oxford: Hart Publishing. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/the-recovery-of-maintenance-in-the-eu-and-worldwide-9781849465731/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Harris J (2013) Series Editors' Preface. In: Child Abduction within the European Union. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 11. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. v-vi. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/hague-child-abduction-convention-9781849460170/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Harris J (2013) Series Editors' Preface. In: The Hague Child Abduction Convention A Critical Analysis by Rhona Schuz. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 13. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. vii-ix. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/hague-child-abduction-convention-9781849460170/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Walker L (2013) Administrative and Judicial Cooperation in the Hague 2007 Maintenance Convention. In: Forner Delaygua J, Gonzalez Beilfuss C & Vinas Farre R (eds.) Entre Bruselas y la Haya. Estudios sobre la unificación internacional y regional del Derecho internacional privado Liber Amicorum Alegría Borrás. First ed. Madrid: Marcial Pons, pp. 185-197. www.marcialpons.es.

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Trimmings K (2013) General Report on Surrogacy. In: International Surrogacy Arrangements: Legal Regulation at the International Level. 1st ed. Studies in Private International Law, 12. Hart, pp. 439-549. www.hartpub.co.uk.

Edited Book

Danov M, Becker F & Beaumont P (eds.) (2013) Cross-Border EU Competition Law Actions, First ed. Hart Studies in Competition Law, 4. Oxford: Hart Publishing. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/cross-border-eu-competition-law-actions-9781849463744/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Harris J (2012) Series Editors' Preface. In: The Governing Law of Companies in EU Law. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 9. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. vii-viii. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/governing-law-of-companies-in-eu-law-9781847319272/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Harris J (2012) Series Editors' Preface. In: Basedow J, Francq S & Idot L (eds.) International AntiTrust Litigation Conflict of Laws and Coordination. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 8. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. v-vi. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/international-antitrust-litigation-9781849460392/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Harris J (2011) Series Editors' Preface. In: Cases and Materials on EU Private International Law. Studies in Private International Law. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. v-vi. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/cases-and-materials-on-eu-private-international-law-9781849460279/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Harris J (2011) Series Editors' Preface. In: International Child Abductions: The Inadequacies of the Law. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 6. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. v-vi. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/international-child-abduction-9781847316691/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Harris J (2011) Series Editors' Preface. In: Mediating International Child Abduction Cases The Hague Convention. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 7. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. vii-viii. https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/mediating-international-child-abduction-cases-9781847318657/

Authored Book

Beaumont P & McEleavy P (2011) Anton's Private International Law. Anton A (Other) Third ed. Scottish Universities Law Institute. Edinburgh: W. Green. https://www.sweetandmaxwell.co.uk/Product/International-Law/Antons-Private-International-Law/Hardback/30792014

Book Chapter

Beaumont P (2010) Reflections on the Relevance of Public International Law to Private International Law Treaty Making. In: Académie de Droit International de la Haye (ed.) Recueil des cours, Collected Courses, Tome/Volume 340 (2009). Collected Courses of The Hague Academy of International Law - Recueil des cours, 340. Leiden: Brill / Nijhoff, pp. 9-61. https://brill.com/view/title/16428

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Harris J (2010) Series Editors' Preface. In: Jurisdiction and Judgments in relation to EU Competition Law Claims. Studies in Private International Law, Volume 3. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. v-vi. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/jurisdiction-and-judgments-in-relation-to-eu-competition-law-claims-9781847316196/

Book Chapter

Beaumont P & Yuksel B (2010) The Validity of Choice of Court Agreements under the Brussels I Regulation and the Hague Choice of Court Agreements Convention. In: Boele-Woelki K, Einhorn T, Girsberger D & Symeonides S (eds.) Convergence and Divergence in Private International Law - Liber Amicorum Kurt Siehr. First ed. The Hague: Eleven International Publishing, pp. 563-577.

Article

Beaumont P & Yürsel B (2009) La reforma del Reglamento de Bruselas I sobre acuerdos de sumisión y la preparación para la ratificación por la UE del Convenio de la Haya sobre acuerdos de elección de foro [The Reform of the Brussels I Regulation on Choice of Court Agreements and the preparation for the European Union’s Ratification of the Hague Choice of Court Agreements Convention]. Anuario Español de Derecho Internacional Privado, (9), pp. 129-159. https://aedipr.com/sumarios/tomo-ix-2009/

Book Chapter

Beaumont PR (2009) The Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice on the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction. In: Académie de Droit International de la Haye (ed.) Recueil des cours, Collected Courses, Tome/Volume 335 (2008). Collected Courses of The Hague Academy of International Law - Recueil des cours, 335. Leiden: Brill / Nijhoff, pp. 9-108.

Book Chapter

Beaumont P (2007) Religious Liberty in the United Kingdom. In: A Religiao no Estado Democratico. 1st ed. Lisbon: Universidade Catolica Editora, pp. 35-66. www.uceditora.ucp.pt.

Book Chapter

Beaumont P (2005) Private International Law of the European Union: Competence Questions Arising From the Proposed Rome II Regulation on Choice of Law in Non-Contractual Obligations. In: Brand R (ed.) Private Law, Private International Law, & Judicial Cooperation in the EU-US Relationship. First ed. CILE Studies, Volume 2. Pittsburgh: Thomson West, pp. 15-26. www.law.pitt.edu/cile.

Editorial

Beaumont P & Harris J (2005) Editorial. Journal of Private International Law, 1 (1), pp. 1-3, Art. No.: 1. https://doi.org/10.1080/17536235.2005.11424286

Book Chapter

Beaumont P (2002) Introduction. In: Beaumont P (ed.) Christian Perspectives on the Limits of the Law. First ed. Carlisle: Paternoster Press, pp. 1-10.

Book Chapter

Beaumont P, Lyons C & Walker N (2002) Preface. In: Convergence and Divergence in European Public Law. First ed. Oxford: Hart Publishing, pp. v-ix. https://www.bloomsburyprofessional.com/uk/convergence-and-divergence-in-european-public-law-9781841132112/

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Teaching

Teaching

Ordinary Private International Law - LAWU9P3 Honours Private International Law: Commercial - LAWU9PI Honours Private International Law: Family and Succession - LAWU9PF Trusts Law as part of Ordinary Property, Trusts and Succession - LLBU9PT