Dr Ruth Lamont

Reader in Family & Child Law

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Ruth's research focuses on the law relating to the family and children with a particular focus on the law relating to children's rights and child welfare. 

Her PhD examined EU law relating to international child abduction and she has researched extensively into the impact of European and international law on the regulation of cross-border family life. Her recent work has examined the protection of children at risk in a cross-national context, considering particularly the role of EU law in managing cross-national child protection proceedings. In 2016, she gave evidence to the House of Commons Justice Select Committee on the impact of Brexit on family law. 

Ruth's work has also considered the impact of migration on children and the law in an historical context. She received funding with Eloise Moss and Charlotte Wildman (School of History) to examine records relating to the emigration of children from the North-West of England to Canada in the early twentieth century. She has also completed work on the emigration of convict families to Australia throughout the nineteenth century. 

She was co-investigation on the ESRC-funded project 'Victims' Access to Justice through the English Criminal Trial, 1675-present' (http://esrcvictims.org/) where she provided expertise in relation to the legal management of prosecutions and focused on the role of child victims of crime. With Prof. Pam Cox and Prof. Maurice Sunkin, she worked with the Office of the Victims' Commissioner on a review of the constitutional powers of the Commissioner to contribute to the development of legislation on the interests of victims. 

Ruth is an editor for the Child and Family Law Quarterly. She is the editor of Family Law, OUP. 

Ruth teaches the modules 'Family Law and Relationships' and Property Law at the University of Manchester. 



Ruth Lamont is a Reader in Family and Child Law at the department of Law. She was appointed Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester in 2014, having previously held lectureships at the University of Sheffield and the University of Liverpool. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Education / academic qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, An Analysis of the EU’s Commitment to Gender Equality in Private International Family Law: A Case Study of International Child Abduction under Regulation 2201/2003 (2005 - 2008)
  • Bachelor of Laws University of Liverpool (2002 - 2005)
  • Postgraduate Certificate of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Liverpool

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