David Hill
Title: Dr
First Name: David
Surname: Hill
Position: Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 263015
ORCID: ORCID Icon 0000-0001-5993-6134

Duties and Responsibilities

Dr David Hill is a Lecturer in the Law School and Head of Year for final year law students. His principal area of teaching and research is in the field of private international law. He also has recent experience of teaching a wide variety of subjects including company law, contract, delict, employment law and succession. In addition, he supervises postgraduate work considering issues arising in international arbitration, construction law, employment law, international commerce and the oil and gas sector. David currently coordinates and delivers a number of modules to undergraduate and postgraduate students, both face-to-face and online.

Areas of Expertise

Private International Law 

Employment Law

Academic Background

Prior to joining the Law School in October 2013 David worked at UWS for five years having previously studied at the University of Aberdeen and the University of Dundee.

Research Interests

David’s principal research interests lie in the field of private international law, particularly focussed at present on the determination of habitual residence. His doctoral thesis offered a critical analysis of the private international law issues raised by the growing legal recognition of ‘non-traditional’ forms of adult relationships.

PhD Supervision

He is interested in supervising on all areas within his research interests, but particularly interested in applications in the following topic areas:

  • The regulation of contractual disputes and the choice of applicable law

External / Professional Roles

External Examiner at De Montfort University

External Examiner at Manchester Metropolitan University

Member of the Steering Group for the Family Law Academic Network

Member of the Editorial Board of the Juridical Review



Private International Law (Edinburgh University Press 2014)

Book Chapters

The Recognition of Homosexual Parents in the United Kingdom. K Boele-Woelki and T Sverdrup (eds), European Challenges in Contemporary Family Law (Intersentia 2008) 113


The Continuing Refinement of Habitual ResidenceR, Petitioner. (2016) 20(1) Edin LR 82

The Continuing Evolution of Habitual Residence’ Socio-Legal Studies Association, University of Warwick, April 2015’

Habitual Residence in the Supreme Court (2014) 36 JSWFL 211

The Hague Convention on the International Protection of Adults (2009) 58 ICLQ 469


Private International Law Aspects of Maintenance in the Context of Same-Sex Relationships and Cohabitation The Future of Private International Law in Scotland and its Relationship with Scots Law, University of Aberdeen, April 2014 (invited workshop participant)

The Habitual Residence of Children Socio-Legal Studies Association, Robert Gordon University, April 2014

Chair, Scottish Young Legal Researchers Colloquium, University of Dundee, April 2010

The Essential Validity of Marriage and Civil Partnership The Journal of Private International Law Conference, New York University, April 2009

Chair, The Public in Law Doctoral Colloquium, University of Glasgow, April 2009

The Recognition of Homosexual Parents in the United Kingdom The Commission on European Family Law Conference, University of Oslo, June 2007