Lesley-Anne Barnes Macfarlane

lesley anne barnes macfarlane

Dr Lesley-Anne Barnes Macfarlane

Lecturer

Biography

LLB (Hons) 1st class
Dip LP (Dist)
Solicitor
PGCE (THLE)
LLM (Research)
PhD

Lesley-Anne is lecturer in Child and Family Law and the Law of Evidence.

Her research interests lie in the fields of Child and Family Law, Private Law and Children's Rights. Among her most recent publications is her report, 'Balancing the Rights of Parents and Children', commissioned by the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the current Children (Scotland) Bill. Report (74 pages) and Report Summary (5 Pages) available here:

https://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/112969.aspx

Other recent published work includes: 'UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Best Interests, Welfare and Well-being', eds. Sutherland EE & Barnes Macfarlane L-A, Cambridge University Press (2016); 'Patrick v Patrick and Re a letter to a Young Person: judicial letters to children - an unannounced, but not an unwelcome, development', Edin LR 2018, 22 (1) 101-107; 'Rethinking childhood contributory negligence: ''blame'', ''fault'', but what about Children's Rights?', Jur Rev 2018, 2, 75-97; a series of articles on Family Law reform for the Scots Law Times (2020).

Before joining Edinburgh Napier University, Lesley-Anne practised as a solicitor. She was an Associate with MHD Law, Edinburgh, regularly representing children and adults in court. She has been accredited as a Lawyer-Mediator and her experience as a Child Welfare Reporter and Curator ad Litem in complex family proceedings informs her research.

She currently sits on the University's Early Career Researchers Working Group. From 2013-2015 she sat on the Faculty Academic Strategy and Enhancement Committee ('FASEC'). She has won various teaching ‘Excellence Awards’ (ENUBS won ‘Best Tutor’ & short-listed ‘Best Feedback’ award, 2014; won University-wide ‘Best Feedback’ award & shortlisted ‘Most Innovative Tutor', 2015; shortlisted ‘Best Tutor', 2016).

Lesley-Anne's research activities have been supported by the Clark Foundation for Legal Education, the RSE, the Scottish Parliament, the Faculty of Advocates and the Law Society of Scotland. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the International Society of Family Lawyers and the Society of Legal Scholars.

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Law Society of Scotland Practising Certificate Committee Member: 2014-17

 

Conference Activity

  • University of Cambridge, Colloquium on Rights of Child (UNCRC, Art 5): July 2019
  • RSE-funded workshop series: co-organiser / chair 2019
  • Co-Organiser and Co-Chair: 2015 Colloquium on the Rights of the Child Implementation Project (CRC-IP), Edinburgh, ‘Doing the ‘Best’ for Children: Best interests, Welfare and Well-Being’
  • Invited speaker: Royal College of Psychiatrists Child & Adolescent Faculty Conference, 2015
  • Presented paper at expert Children's Rights [Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 2014]
  • Clark Foundation, Faculty of Advocates, Law Society of Scotland support / Awards: Conference, 2015

 

Editorial Activity

  • Division Head of Greens Annotated Social Work Statutes for Children and Childcare 2008-10
  • Editor of the Child Law Sections of Butterworths Scottish Family Law Service 2005-10

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner, University of Glasgow (Family Law: LLB / Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice) 2015 - 19

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Scottish Parliament award: Balancing the rights parents and children (report) (£4,872) 2019
  • Royal Society of Edinburgh, with Dr Richard Whitecross, Funding award for Child and Family Law workshop project (£9,400): 2018-19
  • (with Professor EE Sutherland) Funding and support from the Clark Foundation for Legal Education (£3,015), the Faculty of Advocates and the Law Society of Scotland for organisation of Convention on the Rights of the Child Implementation Project Colloquium 2015
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy: 2011 -
  • Edinburgh Napier University internal research grant (£2,000): 2011-12
  • Edinburgh Napier University grant to research/write peer-reviewed article (£2,000): 2010
  • Funding Award: Clark Foundation for Legal Education (£3,700): 2008
  • Edinburgh Napier University internal funding award towards writing peer-reviewed outputs (£2000): 2008

 

Invited Speaker

  • Children's Rights Colloquium Cambridge University (July 2019)
  • Invited Expert: Convention on the Rights of the Child Colloquium, Stellenbosch University, March 2014

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • International Society of Family Lawyers
  • Family Law Academic Network
  • Society of Legal Scholars
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child Implementation Project ('CRC-IP')

 

Non-executive Directorship

  • Scottish Child Law Centre Board of Trustees, Board Member: 2007-10

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Commissioned by Justice Committee of Scottish Parliament to report / present to committee on Children (S) Bill
  • Served as Edinburgh Royal Hospital for Sick Children bedtime reader (volunteer): 2005-10

 

Reviewing

  • Peer-review, forthcoming, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law
  • Peer Reviewer (Juridical Review)
  • Peer Reviewer (25th anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), Leiden University publication )

 

Date


46 results

Making Law for Children in Scotland: Turning Commitment into Reality

Journal Article
Barnes Macfarlane, L. (in press)
Making Law for Children in Scotland: Turning Commitment into Reality. Amicus Curiae,
This note discusses ongoing developments in Scottish law concerning children and the creation of more Children’s Rights-based legislation in Scotland. Two steps being taken b...

Reform for family court cases: making a difference in the everyday lives of children?

Journal Article
Barnes Macfarlane, L. (2020)
Reform for family court cases: making a difference in the everyday lives of children?. Scots Law Times, 2020,
Analysis of the proposals for family law reform contained in the Scottish Government's current Bill and Family Modernisation Strategy.

A statutory checklist for family court cases: new life for an old idea?

Journal Article
Barnes Macfarlane, L. (2020)
A statutory checklist for family court cases: new life for an old idea?. Scots Law Times, 2020,
Critical analysis of the proposal to include a 'welfare checklist"to which the court must have regard in Scottish family court disputes.

Reforming Family Law: the devil in the detail

Journal Article
Barnes Macfarlane, L. (2020)
Reforming Family Law: the devil in the detail. Scots Law Times, 2020 SLT (News) 21,
An overview and analysis of the current law governing private family disputes and the proposals contained in the new Children (Scotland) Bill.

Scottish Government Consultation Response: Incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots Law

Other
Barnes Macfarlane, L. (2019)
Scottish Government Consultation Response: Incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots Law
Response to the Scottish Government Consultation: Incorporating the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scots Law. Response 308224602 by Dr Lesley-Anne Barnes Macfa...

The Children (Scotland) Bill 2019: what would it do for children?

Presentation / Conference
Barnes Macfarlane, L. (2019, November)
The Children (Scotland) Bill 2019: what would it do for children?
Presentation at final workshop in RSE-funded workshop series, co-organised by me.

Balancing the rights of parents and children: The Children (Scotland) Bill 2019

Report
Barnes Macfarlane, L. (2019)
Balancing the rights of parents and children: The Children (Scotland) Bill 2019. https://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/CurrentCommittees/112969.aspx: Scottish Parliament Justice Committee
The Scottish Government is in the process of updating the Family Justice system. This includes the legislation regulating how family court law cases (i.e. disputes about chil...

Twenty Years of the Scottish Parliament in Child and Family Law

Presentation / Conference
Barnes Macfarlane, L. (2019, October)
Twenty Years of the Scottish Parliament in Child and Family Law. Presented at Twenty Years of the Scottish Parliament in Child and Family Law, Edinburgh
Three funded workshops celebrating the work of the Scottish Parliament in the field of Child and Family Law. I co-organised and co-chaired each of the three day-long workshop...

From 'Theybies' to Trans Youth': Article 5 of the UNCRC and Childhood Gender Variance

Presentation / Conference
Barnes Macfarlane, L. (2019, July)
From 'Theybies' to Trans Youth': Article 5 of the UNCRC and Childhood Gender Variance. Paper presented at University of Cambridge Convention on the Rights of the Child colloquium 2019
This paper critically evaluates the treatment of trans and gender varied children and parents by family courts. A comparative analysis of UK, American and Canadian judgments ...

Scottish Government Consultation Response: Review of Part I of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and Creation of a Family Justice Modernisation Strategy

Other
Barnes Macfarlane, L. (2018)
Scottish Government Consultation Response: Review of Part I of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and Creation of a Family Justice Modernisation Strategy
Response to the Scottish Government Consultation: Review of Part I of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 and Creation of a Family Justice Modernisation Strategy. Response 68767...

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