Dr Andrew Gilbert

Principal Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Business and Law

School:Economics, Finance and Law

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Law

Research Supervision:Yes

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 ARU 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.'

A book based on Andrew's thesis was published by Hart/Bloomsbury in August 2018 and was nominated for two prestigious prizes in 2019: The Hart-SLSA Book prize and the Socio-Legal Theory and History prize. The book, British Conservatism and the Legal Regulation of Intimate Relationships, was recently reviewed in two leading academic journals: The Modern Law Review and The Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. Professor Chris Barton's review in the MLR concludes by saying that the book is 'at its excellent best when using plain language to assess the fruits of the author's definitive surveys of what its prime subjects actually wrote and said.' And in the JSWFL Professor Hilary Sommerland concludes her review with the words, 'an absolutely fascinating, scholary book.'

In 2014 he founded, and until 2019 co-convened, the 'Law, Politics and Ideology' theme at the SLSA Annual Conference. He has been an external examiner at St Mary's University and Leeds Beckett University. In the 2010 General Election Andrew was the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for the Birkenhead constituency and was soundly beaten into second place.

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 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